Global cyclo-adventurer targets new challenge

Alastair Humphreys heads for South Pole

Two years after cycling round the world in a series of journeys chronicled in his books Moods of Future Joys and the recently released Thunder and Sunshine, epic adventurer Alastair Humphreys is off again.

This time though, he’ll be leaving his bike behind to make the first return journey to the South Pole on foot, and the longest unsupported (human-powered) polar journey in history.

Alastair will be joining an expedition that is the brainchild and long-term ambition of Ben Saunders, the youngest person to ski solo to the North Pole and holder of the record for the longest solo Arctic journey by a Briton. The expedition has been dubbed simply ‘South’ – also the title of the book chronicling Ernest Shackleton’s heroic, but ill-fated, Antartctic expedition of 1914 -16.

“I am still hungry for adventure, curious about my potential, excited by life,” says Alastair .  “There are few good challenges left in life; this is one. It has nothing to do with the fun and excitement of foreign cultures. It is a complicated, high-budget, technologically challenging expedition. But I am still thrilled by it because it is different, it is difficult and because it will take me to more new places.”

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