Pole to pole expedition starts training

Training started last week at the Hills Health Ranch in B.C.’s Interior for the nine participants in “Pole to Pole 2000”, the first expedition from the North Pole to the South Pole. The intrepid group plans to transverse the world from pole to pole by cross country skiing, team cycling, kayaking, climbing, and hiking.

“Pole to Pole 2000 may be the most arduous and ambitious trek ever undertaken,” says Martyn Williams, president of the expedition. “Our team of nine individuals from all continents will also showcase a message of achieving human potential through mind-body-fitness.”

On April 1, the Pole to Pole Expedition team will begin to traverse the continents from the North Pole in the Arctic, through North America, Central America, South America, and the Antarctic to finish at the South Pole, 15,000 miles later, on Dec. 31, 2000. En route, they will participate in humanitarian and ecological projects.

Mr. Williams, an accomplished expedition leader (Mt. Everest, the North Pole, the South Pole) says that the expedition has broad significance. “This is a global event that transcends borders and politics, religions and beliefs, races and creed to show that the new milleium is a time for everyone to take responsibility for our planet, for peace, and personal potential.”