Embarking on the Coldest Journey

As the Coldest Journey expedition sets off on its six month trek across the Antarctic Continent, research scientists from the University of Roehampton will be with them every step of the way. Drs Lewis Halsey and Chris Tyler are among the scientists closely monitoring the adventurers as they embark on their record-breaking ambitions. 

Posted: 20 March 2013

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Drs Lewis Halsey and Chris Tyler have been specially selected to conduct research upon the Ice Team members as they undertake their attempt to achieve the unachievable: crossing the polar ice cap in winter. The adventurers will be supplying data to the scientists who will be conducting research into the body’s response to sustained cold exposure and measuring the energy expenditure involved for the team to transport themselves across the continent. They have devised some simple experiments, which will be undertaken by the team members that will enable them to map how the body reacts to an extreme climate and whether it adapts over time.

The Coldest Journey is an ambitious attempt by five men to cross the polar ice cap in winter, a feat which has never been undertaken before. The team were to have been led by Sir Ranulph Fiennes, but he was evacuated from Antarctica with severe frostbite last month, underlining the severity of the conditions the team faces. The remaining five team members: Brian Newham, Ian Prickett, Rob Lambert, Spencer Smirl and Richmond Dykes hope to set off at 11.02 GMT on Wednesday 20 March on a 4,000km journey across the most inhospitable and isolated terrain on Earth. If successful, they will reach their destination in September.

The University of Roehampton wishes the Ice Team well as they embark on their epic journey, setting out to make history and supply us with new, potentially life-enhancing data.

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