Outward Bound Joe Doherty's expedition to the South Pole

Joe Doherty South PoleJoe hopes his adventure will inspire others to set their own challenges

Outward Bound Learning and Adventure manager Joe Doherty (pictured first left) will be taking on his biggest challenge this November, as he attempts with his team, to reach the South Pole unaided.

Covering a total distance of 1,400 miles, Joe and his team plan to ski 700 miles from Hercules Inlet to the South Pole, before taking advantage of the prevailing winds and kite skiing back. The team all belong to the Hampshire Scouts.

The expedition has taken five years to plan and Aberdovey based manager Joe comments, "I was first inspired to take on my own challenge after listening to a talk at my local scout group when I was 14.  Three scout leaders in their early 20s had just successfully climbed Everest. Something no scout had done before. I found it truly inspiring and it got me thinking of creating my own challenge."

"Now I'm a scout leader and am attempting to be part of the first scout expedition to the south pole - and if we can inspire young people to take on their own challenge, that would be amazing too."

He'll be making the attempt with a fellow scout Oli, who's been a close friend for 9 years. Joe says, "we've both agreed on a pact, to come back alive, to come back not broken and to come back still friends!"

To prepare for the expedition, the pair have had to undergo rigorous fitness training, under the guidance of Dr Ali Hill, Course Leader, School of Sport, Health and Social Science at Southampton Solent University.

Part of the preparation includes three final weeks in Norway, to get adjusted to the weather conditions as well as putting on 15 kilos of weight.  "On the expedition I’m predicted to lose on average 7,000 calories a day, so I need to bulk up before we go."

Preparation has also included visiting schools and scout groups, sharing their story and plans for the expedition.

Find out more

To follow their training progress, visit: https://hsxantarctica.org.uk/

The team are still looking out sponsorship – if you could help, please donate at:  https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/south-pole-scouts