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WINTER BLUES Ian Prickett at the Halley Research Station in Antarctica
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ADVENTURER Ian Prickett will be part of a team of five people attempting to travel 1,500 miles across the Antarctic.

The group will retrace the footsteps of Sir Ernest Shackleton who attempted to cross the Antarctic 100 years ago but failed when his ship became stuck in ice.

Ian was part of the polar team led by Sir Ranulph Fiennes that failed in its bid to reach the South Pole in its winter last year.

Now, the 36-year-old from Elson is taking on a new challenge.

He said: ‘I’m part of a five-person team that will try and cross the continent in the route that he had intended.

‘I have worked down in the Antarctic for 10 years or more. It’s always been the dream to get to the pole.

‘That dream is still very active and very alive in me.

‘When I was asked to be a part of this I snapped it up.’

The challenge itself will begin in November and is expected to last 100 days.

The team, called ITACE –the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Centenary Expedition, will ski across the continent while towing sledges.

The sledges will carry all their equipment and enough food and fuel to last the entire trip.

Ian said he is looking forward to the challenge.

‘I’m very excited about it. It’s a big ask,’ he said.

‘We are still trying to raise the sponsorship. It’s quite a big challenge.’

At the end of May, Ian and the rest of his team will be visiting Greenland as part of a training exercise.

He is also set to visit Scotland as part of his training where he will climb mountains in cold conditions to help to acclimatise.

‘It’s a case of immersing yourself in that sort of environment and keeping yourself fit and healthy and doing a lot of gym work to keep the muscles up,’ added Ian.

‘We have to put on an extra stone in weight.

‘We need to bulk out before we leave to make sure we have got enough energy to take with us.’

They need to eat between 7,000 and 8,000 calories a day to give them enough energy to travel the 15 to 20 miles they will be travelling every day.

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