Polar physiology

In November 2016, I will make my first few steps onto the Antarctic continent from the Ronne Ice Shelf, and in doing so, start a 1,100 mile journey across Antarctica.

This expedition is going to be the first ever British team to traverse the Antarctic continent, a feat only achieved by 6 people in history. This expedition will be the ultimate test of physical endurance and determination to succeed in one of the most hostile environments on the planet.

The expedition will start from the Hercules inlet on the Ronne Ice Shelf, and cross a straight line distance of 730 miles (approx 800 miles once crevasses have been avoided) climbing a gradual 10,000ft to reach the pole. The team will push through daily temperatures of -30ºc, 100mph katabatic winds, white-outs, skiing for 10 hours a day, for 55-60 days and manhauling 120kg. After reaching the Pole, we will pick up a resupply before continuing over the Titan Dome, the highest part of the Polar Plateaux, down the Shackleton Glacier,  onto the Ross Ice Shelf, where we will find a suitable runway for our pick-up.

An extreme journey in an extreme environment will require extreme physiology. We will be monitoring how this expedition affects our bodies by tracking

Follow the journey here.