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Carl Alvey to guide 16-year-old Lewis Clarke to the South Pole: ExWeb interview

Posted: Nov 19, 2013 04:48 pm EST



(By Correne Coetzer) Last week 16-year-old Lewis Clarke told ExplorersWeb he has been competing in sport since he was eight, so for him fitting in fitness training around school work is just normal. Lewis will be attempting the 1130 km Hercules Inlet ski route to the South Pole this season, hoping to become the youngest to ski to the Pole. He will be guided by ANI guide, Carl Avery (30 years old). 


Alvey first traveled to Greenland and Antarctica in 2004, he told ExplorersWeb. “Greenland for a training expedition and Antarctica to ski Last Degree as part of Polar Challenge 2004 from West Nottinghamshire College and then fell in love with the colder white places.” 


Carl’s background is from working in the outdoors in the UK and a large part of that time was spent working for Outward bound. He then led the Fuchs Foundations series of expedition with Carolyn Bailey, and spent two season´s working for ANI/ALE in Operations. Since 2004 till 2013 Carl has led may Greenland expeditions. This year April, young Lewis was one of his team in East Greenland.


The two teamed up after Lewis got in touch with ANI, who told him to get some training and experience. Then Lewis joined an open training course at Expeditions 365 in Norway in February. Carl explained, “The Course is a 2 week long Polar training course ran by myself and Hannah McKeand. Lewis did great and really enjoyed it. He joined me in east Greenland on a 2 week sea ice expedition I was guiding (for Greenland Expedition Specialists). This was a great chance to get some miles under his belt, ski and pulling a larger sled."


Expeditions 365 was started after a few years of living in Haugastøl, where I live with Liv Kaupang, who also worked for ALE, and where Hannah hangs out for most of the winter. Haugastøl is a great place to ski and kiting, and great for expedition training. I had been running training courses there, and Hannah also had a few clients over; so Expeditions 365 was born.” 


ExWeb wants to know from Carl, when guiding a teenager to the Pole, is there anything that he has to take inconsideration, anything different from guiding an older person? “I not sure that I am looking for anything different, Big expeditions need commitment so that has to be the starting point, and then preparation, the time to train, and gaining the skills needed. We are not on Antarctica yet so only time will tell! But has a student, Lewis had quite a lot of time on his hands to train and get ready. Maybe more than somebody with a full time job and a family and then an expedition.”


What are Carl’s top 3 tips to Lewis?

1 ski 

2 eat 

3 sleep 



And his 3 favorite gear items:

1. My thermarest NeoAir all season, along with 2 thermarest z-rest; they give the best night’s sleep

2. My Klattermusen shell clothing. It’s the most comfortable and practical gear I have used

3. And of course, I love sleeping so a Hilleberg Keron 4 GT. It makes the best home for long expeditions.


Weather permitting Carl and Lewis will fly from Punta Arenas, Chile, to ANI’s base camp, Union Glacier, on November 23rd.




ExWeb interview with Lewis Clarke (16): to ski 1130 km Hercules Inlet route


South Pole update: Storm at Novo; teams migrating to gateways 


South Pole 2013-14: Doug Stoup and Parker Liautaud for Leverett Glacier route


Heads up: Chris Hayward, 19, for Sea to Source to Summit


AdventureStats and Polar Rules


Adventure Network International (ANI) / ALE


#polar #southpole2013 #southpole2013-14 #antarctica #lewisclarke #carlalvey 




Carl Alvey's 3 top tips: 1 ski, 2 eat, 3 sleep, 4 REPEAT
courtesy Carl Alvey, SOURCE
Some of Carl's gear for the 2013-14 Hercules Inlet expedition.
courtesy Carl Alvey, SOURCE
Greenland April 2013, Carl training and preparing Lewis Clarke for Antarctica.
courtesy Carl Alvey, SOURCE
In 2004 Carl did expeditions on Antarctica and on Greenland, and then fell in love with the colder white places.
courtesy Carl Alvey, SOURCE
South Pole routes
courtesy ExplorersWeb, SOURCE