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Ward hunt - North Pole, assisted, unsupported

Ward hunt - North Pole, assisted, unsupported

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This expedition to the North Pole is part of an initiative by the Australian Linda Beilharz, who aims to cross the planet's four most extensive icecaps: North Pole, South Pole, Greenland and Patagonia.

The Australian adventurer set herself this goal four years ago. In 2004, she became the first Australian woman to ski from the Antarctic coast (Hercules Inlet) to the South Pole. Three years later, Beilharz, her husband Rob Rigato and a friend, Roger Chao, succeeded in making an east-west crossing of Greenland, from Nagtivit to the town of Kangerlussuaq. In 2009, she made her first attempt to cross Patagonia.

This season, Linda will be tackling the North Pole. To ensure she makes it, she has opted to be guided by the young and equally talented Linda McNair Landry. She will also be accompanied by her husband, Rob.

In terms of funding, Linda this time has put together a group of clients who are already aware of the issues at stake. Throughout all of her adventures, she has always included a teaching element designed to make youngsters and schools aware of the challenges of climate change and the essential qualities of individual fulfilment, courage, perseverance and team spirit. She is also extremely careful to ensure she releases as little CO² as possible during her adventures.

Linda has founded a company -‘Journeys for Learning'- which is based on the notion of teaching people about her expeditions to promote the qualities mentioned above with a younger audience.

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