It’s been amazing to be back in the mountains. Low winter sun turning white mountains pink, glittering lakes of ice, huge expanses of virgin snow (there’s not many Norwegians out in January and it’s a big land…it’s apparently as far from southern Norway to the far north as it is to Rom...
'Paraplegic adventurer and athlete who has pursued an ambitious programme of challenges with remarkable determination. In 2006 she became the first paraplegic woman to ski across the Greenland Ice Cap, a trip of over 600 kilometres. In 2012 she will represent Team GB at the London Paralympics. An extraordinary human being who has touched the lives of many through her spirit for adventure.'
The South Pole is the most inhospitable place on earth, where the average temperature in summer is minus 30 degrees Celsius, with wind chill regularly lowering this to below minus 50 degrees Celsius.
The 1000km journey from the edge of the Antarctic continental shelf to the Geographical South Pole, involves surviving the most challenging environment on earth, negotiating a frozen wasteland filled with crevasse fields and ice boulders potentially the size of buildings.
"Adventurer and Paralympic silver medal winning handcyclist Karen Darke has announced her next expedition – to cross country sit-ski 1,000km across Antarctica to the geographical South Pole.
The expedition will involve surviving the most difficult environment on earth and negotiating a wasteland filled with crevasse fields and ice boulders that could be the size of buildings"