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The Polar Vision team during their training with Matty McNair (left) in Iqaluit, Baffin Island, Canada. Richard Smith (middle), Alan Lock (second from right).
courtesy Polar Vision
Polar training in Iqaluit.
courtesy Polar Vision

Alan Lock: As far as the mind can reach - blind man for the pole

Posted: Sep 20, 2011 02:20 pm EDT

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(Newsdesk, Story updated: Sep 22, 2011 08:48 am EDT) In 2003, 24-years old Alan Lock began to rapidly lose his vision. Instead of crawling into a corner, the young UC Berkeley grad and Royal Navy Officer has already lived a lifetime. Next, he aims to be the first blind person to ski from the Coast to the South Pole.The quest was first attempted in 2000 by Miles Hilton-Barber. Miles was eventually airlifted from Antarctica but continued his sight-impaired adventures, one of the most notable involving the blind Brit driving a...

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