With temperatures as low as minus 68 degrees, hauling a 70kg sledge
across 150 kilometres of frozen sea might not be everybody’s idea of
But when Julian Hanson-Smith, of City PR firm Financial Dynamics, sets
out to join the eminent list of Arctic explorers, which includes Sir
Ranulph Fiennes, he will also be setting out to prove that with
motivation and preparation ordinary people can do extraordinary
’Polar trekking is the most isolated way of having a bad time ever
devised by man,’ says Hanson-Smith, who has been spending his nights
dragging tyres around the countryside by way of training.
It’s all in a good cause, of course.
’We are walking to the ends of the earth for the children who can’t walk
at all,’ Hanson-Smith explains.
The five-man team hopes to raise pounds 100,000 for the charity
Whizz-Kidz, which provides specialised wheelchairs to children with
After being dropped by ski-plane at 89 degrees north the team aim to
cover 13 kilometres per day to reach ’that last degree’.
Although the expedition will have a back-up team seven hours flight
away, it will be the first time a British team has attempted this
journey without resupply.
But there is one consolation, Hanson-Smith is leaving his mobile at
home, so there will be no late-night calls from worried clients.
’I’m going to enjoy the peace,’ he says.