North & South Pole Races

I became the first person from Africa to race / walk to both the North Pole and the South Pole.

  • I placed fourth (first mixed team) out of six teams in the inaugural six-week 600 Mile (1 000 Km) cross-country skiing race to the South Pole, Antarctica (January 2009). Coldest day ? Minus 63 degrees Celsius !!!  Pulling our 120 Kg pulks 14 – 16 hours per day, every day for 6 weeks, on just 4 hours sleep a night, I lost 40 Kg, and it was the most difficult thing I have done in my life, by FAR !
  • I placed fourth (3-person team) out of sixteen teams in the inaugural three-week, 350 Mile (600 Km) Polar Challenge cross-country skiing race to the North Pole (via northern Canada) (May 2005).  For the first 2 hours every day my feet were totally numb with cold, the constant threat of Polar bears caused mental stress, and hallucinations became common towards the end, through utter exhaustion.
  • Swapping EXTREME cold, for jungle humidity, I placed second as part of a 4-person team in the one-month 2006 Belize Jungle Challenge (February 2006).

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