Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Conrad's Chances as Thin as Ice He Faces on Way to Pole

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Conrad's Chances as Thin as Ice He Faces on Way to Pole

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Byline: By Hayley Beattie

Polar adventurer Conrad Dickinson knows the chances of successfully completing his latest and toughest expedition yet are slim.

But the 50-year-old, of Causey Hill, Hexham, is determined to tackle the dangerous 500-mile journey unsupported from the Canadian High Arctic to the geographic North Pole.

If he succeeds, he will become the first Briton to complete the "Polar trilogy" and only the 11th person in the world to have finished this trip.

He has already completed expeditions in Greenland in 2003 and last year he entered the record books with his wife Hilary, 52, when the couple became the first British man-and-wife team to make it to the South Pole unsupported.

Conrad will set off on March 1 with Canadian champion skier Richard Weber and only has 60 days to complete the trek before the ice becomes too thin for the pick-up plane to land.

The odds are against them as they have to climb five-metre-high ridges of packed snow and cross wide stretches of open water. …

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