Eric: "Given that I am into my third decade of polar adventuring, change in my personal gear over the years has been driven primarily by comfort." Eric has designed a polar shell suite, ski bindings and polar sleds. courtesy Eric Philips, SOURCE
"We found first-year ice at the North Pole and rather than hoping for a lead of open water we carried a powered auger, which could drill to around 1.8 meters." courtesy Christian Aslund/Greenpeace, SOURCE
Eric, in the image: "It's hard to take being able-bodied for granted after spending time with these [wounded] people and yet not one of them will be looking for an easy way out." courtesy Eric Philips, SOURCE
"If the [polar cycling] bike is even marginally lacking in three fundamental areas - flotation, traction and power transfer - the cyclist, no matter how strong or experienced, is likely to fail." courtesy Kate Leeming, SOURCE
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(By Correne Coetzer) With three decades of polar experience behind him, Australian Eric Philips is applying his expertise to polar cycling and gear designing. But he is still learning, from wounded soldiers. They are tough, real tough, Eric said to ExplorersWeb, while talking about his polar activities in 2013 and the two girls he is training for their respective 2014 polar expeditions. ExplorersWeb: You and your team have lowered a capsule at the North Pole. Could you give us a short summary of what the purpose was? Is...