(Newsdesk) In the 2011-12 South Pole Centenary season Brit Mark Wood skied solo from Hercules Inlet to the Geographic South Pole. He covered the 1130 km in 51 days and received no outside assistance.
Thereafter, in April 2012, he skied alone from Barneo Ice Camp to the Geographic North Pole. Barneo then was located less than 100km from the Pole. With that he completed his South North Expedition.
Now Mark is heading to Everest and continues his educational programmes. "The expedition begins for me in Kathmandu to climb the South side of Everest," he said to ExplorersWeb.
"With my sponsor, SKYPE, I will be linking with schools from Kathmandu to the UK and then on the trail to Everest Base Camp I will visually link via SKYPE to 10 schools in 10 different countries around the globe / my message and conversation will be on: modern day explorers (I'll recommend them to click on your site) environmental awareness (taking a personal responsibility) cultural understanding and finally encouraging them to think differently about their own lives."
"I will then SKYPE on route to the top of Everest with the BGAN Unit to as high as we can go. On call is the SKYPE California office to take a call from the top - but we are realistic that there is a lot of work to do up to that point."
During 6 weeks training in the Himalayas last year, Mark made his highest call at 5340m. Apart from mountain training, a section of this training was to find remote visual Skype links within the mountains using satellites to create a localised wifi connection. This was tested by connecting to schools and companies en route.
The Ascent Team:
Singi Lama - Head guide
Peter Bradley - Doctor
Mark Wood - expedition leader
EBC support team:
Marc Pagani - cameraman / photographer
Mark Kelly - SKYPE tech support
Mauli Rai - EBC op
Apa Sherpa - team Patron (21x ascents of Everest)
During Mark's South Pole ski he had his share of battle scars with huge blisters on his feet in the early days out of Hercules Inlet. He reported, "After 7 miles I sat on my sledge and took my boot off. I managed to strap the foot and carry on for another 8 miles. It only felt sore when I stopped for a break so I tried to keep moving for most of the day."
Upon arriving at the North Pole, to Mark's surprise, he was gate crashing Borge Ousland's wedding.
This expedition (and other expeditions/ adventures/ projects with RSS feeds) can be followed in the live Dispatch stream at the Pythom App for iPhone/iPad and on Android as well as at ExplorersWeb.
ExplorersWeb Expedition List
Mark Wood's website and blog
Mark Wood Explorer on Facebook
Mark Wood on Twitter @markwoodexplore
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