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Solo Ward Hunt - North Pole

Solo Ward Hunt - North Pole

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Christina Franco, the British adventurer (44), is back -she, who among other campaigns, also aims to defend the cause of the African rhinoceros! She failed in her previous attempt in 2009, saying that she would try again. And now here she is again!

In actual fact, virtually nothing has changed in the Londoner's views and motivation since last year. She still wants to complete a solo trek from Ward Hunt to the North Pole, aiming to become the first woman in the world to succeed in this particular feat. And she is still fighting for the two same causes: 1/ the Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA is a cause especially close to her heart because her father died of the disease. Motor neurone disease is a slow, degenerative condition that attacks the neurones, resulting in a weakening of the muscles, a progressive loss of mobility and difficulties speaking). 2/ The 'Save The Rhino' association and the Wilderness Leadership School.

Nor has anything changed this year in the way she is approaching her expedition -even though she may well still be asking herself why she has elected to set out solo again this year to tackle the ice on her own.

Let's hope that her equipment doesn't let her down this time around. Those who have followed Christina's adventures will know that last year she had to abandon her trek on just day 2 of her journey when her stove refused to light. After that misfortune, Christina still wanted at all costs to get back out on to the ice and succeeded in walking the ‘last degree' from the Russian Barneo ice camp.

We're not quite sure at this stage whether, as she did last year, Christina will be taking a fake rhinoceros horn with her in her bags...

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