A courageous couple from Farnborough, known as the Arctic Kites team, are raising money for Diabetes UK by crossing the Greenland icecap – one of the world’s most inhospitable places.
Chris Sunderland, 31, and fiancée Rachel Owen, 27, started the five week expedition yesterday. Along the way, challenges will include polar bear encounters, storms, white-outs, sensory deprivation and temperatures as low as -40°C.
“I wanted to do something big for Diabetes UK,” said Rachel. “I’m looking forward to such a fantastic challenge, but I have to admit that I don’t fancy the prospect of falling into icy water pools!”
The 640-km artic journey will be undertaken on skis, and whenever the wind conditions are favourable, the team will also use power kites to pull them across the ice (hence their team's chosen name.)
As reported on our website last October, Chris and Rachel are supporting Diabetes UK because they both have family members affected by the condition.
You can follow the Arctic Kites team's progress via their blog atwww.arctickites.com.