Ever since Henry Worsley tragically lost his life attempting a solo unsupported journey across Antarctica it's been niggling away at me. Although on the SPEAR17 expedition we were able to complete his route, and pay tribute, we were a team of 6 and we had a resupply at the South Pole. A very different journey to a solo trip with no resupply, hauling everything you need for the 1000 mile crossing. It's obviously incredibly difficult and challenging in so many ways. That's why, despite several attempts, no one has managed it yet. With the experience I now have and having discussed it with Henry's wife Joanna I really feel it is my destiny to have a go at this. After all it was Henry that got me into this whole polar expedition business after dragging me along to do Amundsen's route in 2011. I pretty much learnt everything I know about polar travel after sharing a tent with him for those 3 months and his sheer enthusiasm for all things polar left a mark on me for life.
So, if I'm able to raise the necessary support I'm hoping to head to Antarctica at the end of this year and have a go at Henry's journey. Just getting to the start line is going to be challenging enough. I've named the trip 'Beyond Endurance' as a nod to Shackleton (Henry's ultimate hero, and it is a bit of an endurance event!) and I'll start to post details at www.lourudd.com. If you know of anyone that would be interested in getting involved in any capacity drop me a line.
In the immortal words of Mr Worsley, 'Onwards'.....