Plymouth graduate completes South Pole expedition
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Most newspaper competition prizes are fairly pedestrian, such as event tickets or a bestselling book, but one lucky Plymouth graduate won a place on a South Pole expedition, which he completed last week.
Henry Evans, a 22-year-old Marine Biology graduate, entered The Telegraph competition in 2011. After enduring several rigorous rounds of physical and psychological testing, which included ten days of polar training in wintry Norway, Henry won a highly coveted position on the International Scott Centenary Expedition.
The ISCE commemorates the ill-fated Terra Nova Expedition led by Captain Scott, which aimed to be the first to reach the geographical South Pole. Scott’s team reached the Pole in January 1912, only to discover the Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen had beaten them to it. On the return journey, Scott and his team perished.
Henry and the ISCE team completed their journey on 5thJanuary, after fourteen days and 140 miles. As Henry writes in his blog, on Christmas Day the team skied for six hours in temperatures around minus 21 degrees, but they stayed in the festive spirit. Henry writes: "I spent the day singing Christmas carols, mainly the classics, ‘Jingle Bells and ‘Walking in the Air’. An hour was spent with a Justin Bieber song stuck in my head which, although driving me mad diverted my focus away from the ski."
Now working for Plymouth University as a corporate ambassador, Henry is planning to return home in late January after celebrating his birthday in the Antarctic...with a cake he brought with him.