Marlow doctor: South Pole trek phenomenal

Bucks Free Press: Marlow doctor: South Pole trek phenomenal Marlow doctor: South Pole trek phenomenal

A DOCTOR who trekked to the south pole, following in the footsteps of Captain Scott a hundred years after his famous expedition, has hailed the trip as 'phenomenal' after returning home to Marlow.

Dr Lynne Summers, an expert in wilderness medicine, accompanied explorer David Hempleman-Adams, Olympic rowing great Matthew Pinsent and three wounded UK soldiers from the Royal Dragoon Guards.

The mother of four joined the team in making the extraordinary 20 day journey through the coldest and windiest place on Earth in December.

It involved travelling on foot 140 miles across the barren ice field, barely touched by humans, dragging a sled laden with food, tent and clothes.

The aim was to raise £1million for charities Walking with the Wounded and Alzheimers research, with nearly £900k pledged so far.

The group of ten reached their destination on December 11 and now, having left Antarctica behind and recovered from the arduous trip, Dr Summers has told the Free Press about her amazing experience.

She said: "It was phenomenal. I've been on other polar expeditions with David Hempleman-Adams and up into the North Pole.

"This was quite different. There were three men who had been injured in Afghanistan, one had been blown up by a mortar, another blown up by an IED and the other had been shot rescuing an Afghan.

"I thought I had to go because these were amazing young men. It was not easy for these lads to do what they did. In fact one of them gave the quote of the trip when he said at one point 'I'd rather be blown up three times than do this trek again'. That shows you, it was a tough trip."

Unlike previous wilderness treks she has undertaken, there was no danger from polar bears. The creatures do not live in the Antarctic, in fact barely any land mammals do.

With temperatures of -35 degrees Celsius some of the party suffered frostbite.

But the expedition, named 'in the footsteps of legends', was more successful than the ill-fated trek which inspired it.

Captain Robert Falcon Scott died in his 1912 attempt to be the first man to reach the south pole.

One of the famous parts of the story were the words of Captain Lawrence Oates who has been immortalised by his quote: "I am just going outside and may be some time."

He is said to have uttered the phrase just moments before walking to his death.

Like the trio of armed forces servicemen who undertook the challenge, Capt Oates belonged to the Royal Dragoon Guards.

Dr Summers, a friend of Sir Steve Redgrave, also had praise for his old rowing partner Matthew Pinsent and his efforts in aiding their south pole quest.

She said: "He was actually amazing, he was like an ox, he pulled huge weights. He really was wonderful."

The fundraising is continuing. For more information and to donate visit www.icelandfoundation.squarespace.com/donate/

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1:12am Sat 5 Jan 13

ImpeturbableLawrence says...

A gesture like this puts the complaints of Paul Lambourne the whingeing funeral director and others about the Arriva bus service into perspective.
A gesture like this puts the complaints of Paul Lambourne the whingeing funeral director and others about the Arriva bus service into perspective. ImpeturbableLawrence

1:08am Sun 6 Jan 13

ImpeturbableLawrence says...

They wanted to get to the South Pole - what did they do - did they wait for a bus in the sub zero temperatures? No they travelled on foot 140 miles across the barren ice field, barely touched by humans, dragging a sled laden with food, tent and clothes - that's what they did.
They wanted to get to the South Pole - what did they do - did they wait for a bus in the sub zero temperatures? No they travelled on foot 140 miles across the barren ice field, barely touched by humans, dragging a sled laden with food, tent and clothes - that's what they did. ImpeturbableLawrence

3:14pm Sun 6 Jan 13

demoness the second says...

ImpeturbableLawrence wrote:
They wanted to get to the South Pole - what did they do - did they wait for a bus in the sub zero temperatures? No they travelled on foot 140 miles across the barren ice field, barely touched by humans, dragging a sled laden with food, tent and clothes - that's what they did.
Do buses run to the South Pole?
[quote][p][bold]ImpeturbableLawrence[/bold] wrote: They wanted to get to the South Pole - what did they do - did they wait for a bus in the sub zero temperatures? No they travelled on foot 140 miles across the barren ice field, barely touched by humans, dragging a sled laden with food, tent and clothes - that's what they did.[/p][/quote]Do buses run to the South Pole? demoness the second

6:11pm Sun 6 Jan 13

ImpeturbableLawrence says...

Only the 37/35 bus from Wycombe to Maidenhead and Bourne End.
Only the 37/35 bus from Wycombe to Maidenhead and Bourne End. ImpeturbableLawrence

6:17pm Sun 6 Jan 13

demoness the second says...

ImpeturbableLawrence wrote:
Only the 37/35 bus from Wycombe to Maidenhead and Bourne End.
Blimey.
I never knew that!
How much does a return cost?
[quote][p][bold]ImpeturbableLawrence[/bold] wrote: Only the 37/35 bus from Wycombe to Maidenhead and Bourne End.[/p][/quote]Blimey. I never knew that! How much does a return cost? demoness the second

6:29pm Sun 6 Jan 13

ImpeturbableLawrence says...

It's best to get a 12 month ArcticSuperPlus® PoleSaver™ ticket - this varies depending on age, sex, employment status and whether or not you want a four seasons sleeping bag – for further information about ArcticSuperPlus® PoleSaver™ tickets contact Clyde Horse at clydetheretiredpolic
ehorse@hotmail.co.uk and ask for further information about ArcticSuperPlus® PoleSaver™ tickets.
It's best to get a 12 month ArcticSuperPlus® PoleSaver™ ticket - this varies depending on age, sex, employment status and whether or not you want a four seasons sleeping bag – for further information about ArcticSuperPlus® PoleSaver™ tickets contact Clyde Horse at clydetheretiredpolic ehorse@hotmail.co.uk and ask for further information about ArcticSuperPlus® PoleSaver™ tickets. ImpeturbableLawrence

8:11pm Sun 6 Jan 13

demoness the second says...

ImpeturbableLawrence wrote:
It's best to get a 12 month ArcticSuperPlus® PoleSaver™ ticket - this varies depending on age, sex, employment status and whether or not you want a four seasons sleeping bag – for further information about ArcticSuperPlus® PoleSaver™ tickets contact Clyde Horse at clydetheretiredpolic

ehorse@hotmail.co.uk and ask for further information about ArcticSuperPlus® PoleSaver™ tickets.
That is brilliant - I will do that.
I wonder if I can get a day return..
[quote][p][bold]ImpeturbableLawrence[/bold] wrote: It's best to get a 12 month ArcticSuperPlus® PoleSaver™ ticket - this varies depending on age, sex, employment status and whether or not you want a four seasons sleeping bag – for further information about ArcticSuperPlus® PoleSaver™ tickets contact Clyde Horse at clydetheretiredpolic ehorse@hotmail.co.uk and ask for further information about ArcticSuperPlus® PoleSaver™ tickets.[/p][/quote]That is brilliant - I will do that. I wonder if I can get a day return.. demoness the second

1:08am Mon 7 Jan 13

ImpeturbableLawrence says...

You will notice that in the photo they are all shading their eyes while looking to see if it is a 37 (South Pole via Boundary Road, Wooburn Green) or a 35 (via Flackwell Heath).
You will notice that in the photo they are all shading their eyes while looking to see if it is a 37 (South Pole via Boundary Road, Wooburn Green) or a 35 (via Flackwell Heath). ImpeturbableLawrence

1:26am Mon 7 Jan 13

ImpeturbableLawrence says...

demoness the second wrote:
ImpeturbableLawrence wrote:
It's best to get a 12 month ArcticSuperPlus® PoleSaver™ ticket - this varies depending on age, sex, employment status and whether or not you want a four seasons sleeping bag – for further information about ArcticSuperPlus® PoleSaver™ tickets contact Clyde Horse at clydetheretiredpolic


ehorse@hotmail.co.uk and ask for further information about ArcticSuperPlus® PoleSaver™ tickets.
That is brilliant - I will do that.
I wonder if I can get a day return..
No day return - just months of privation on the bus.
[quote][p][bold]demoness the second[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ImpeturbableLawrence[/bold] wrote: It's best to get a 12 month ArcticSuperPlus® PoleSaver™ ticket - this varies depending on age, sex, employment status and whether or not you want a four seasons sleeping bag – for further information about ArcticSuperPlus® PoleSaver™ tickets contact Clyde Horse at clydetheretiredpolic ehorse@hotmail.co.uk and ask for further information about ArcticSuperPlus® PoleSaver™ tickets.[/p][/quote]That is brilliant - I will do that. I wonder if I can get a day return..[/p][/quote]No day return - just months of privation on the bus. ImpeturbableLawrence

1:47am Mon 7 Jan 13

ImpeturbableLawrence says...

ImpeturbableLawrence wrote:
demoness the second wrote:
ImpeturbableLawrence wrote:
It's best to get a 12 month ArcticSuperPlus® PoleSaver™ ticket - this varies depending on age, sex, employment status and whether or not you want a four seasons sleeping bag – for further information about ArcticSuperPlus® PoleSaver™ tickets contact Clyde Horse at clydetheretiredpolic



ehorse@hotmail.co.uk and ask for further information about ArcticSuperPlus® PoleSaver™ tickets.
That is brilliant - I will do that.
I wonder if I can get a day return..
No day return - just months of privation on the bus.
And some drivers refuse to let the huskies on board.
[quote][p][bold]ImpeturbableLawrence[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]demoness the second[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ImpeturbableLawrence[/bold] wrote: It's best to get a 12 month ArcticSuperPlus® PoleSaver™ ticket - this varies depending on age, sex, employment status and whether or not you want a four seasons sleeping bag – for further information about ArcticSuperPlus® PoleSaver™ tickets contact Clyde Horse at clydetheretiredpolic ehorse@hotmail.co.uk and ask for further information about ArcticSuperPlus® PoleSaver™ tickets.[/p][/quote]That is brilliant - I will do that. I wonder if I can get a day return..[/p][/quote]No day return - just months of privation on the bus.[/p][/quote]And some drivers refuse to let the huskies on board. ImpeturbableLawrence

1:48am Mon 7 Jan 13

ImpeturbableLawrence says...

And as for sleds!
And as for sleds! ImpeturbableLawrence

9:55am Mon 7 Jan 13

Alberto The Great says...

ImpeturbableLawrence wrote:
And as for sleds!
Will I be allowed to bring my bike? I was thinking of attempting a new Artic record of cycling down one of the glaciers at over 70mph.
[quote][p][bold]ImpeturbableLawrence[/bold] wrote: And as for sleds![/p][/quote]Will I be allowed to bring my bike? I was thinking of attempting a new Artic record of cycling down one of the glaciers at over 70mph. Alberto The Great

7:23pm Mon 7 Jan 13

ImpeturbableLawrence says...

There is something in MArlow that brings out the spirit of snow and adventure - see:

http://www.bucksfree
press.co.uk/news/101
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There is something in MArlow that brings out the spirit of snow and adventure - see: http://www.bucksfree press.co.uk/news/101 43226.Marlow_activit y_centre_to_stage_Mo unt_Everest_challeng e/?action=success ImpeturbableLawrence

7:24pm Mon 7 Jan 13

ImpeturbableLawrence says...

(There is no mention of Arriva buses in connection with Everest-like challenge at Longridge.)
(There is no mention of Arriva buses in connection with Everest-like challenge at Longridge.) ImpeturbableLawrence

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