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Antarctic explorers receive training in the Cairngorms

By SPP Reporter

The adventurers trained at CairnGorm
The adventurers trained at CairnGorm

Adventurers starting their journey to the South Pole today received training for the expedition in the Cairngorms.

A century after Sir Ernest Shackleton’s plan to cross Antarctica was dashed on the ice, the relatives of his party’s chief scientific officer have set off today as part of the Edurance 100 event in the hope of completing their ancestor’s unfinished journey.

Natural Retreats that runs CairnGorm Mountain is supporting the journey.

Matt Spence, founder and CEO of the company, said: "We felt that this expedition was the perfect fit for Natural Retreats’ core ethos of going somewhere to remember and the South Pole really is the ultimate retreat to reach.

"We wish them all the very best on this epic adventure."

The team, from Cambridge, includes a descendant of original expedition member Sir James Wordie.

It also features some of the world’s leading explorers and adventurers including David Hempleman-Adams, the first person to complete the adventurers’ grand slam of climbing the highest peaks on each of the seven continents and also walking to both the North and South Pole, as well as Rune Gjeldnes, the first person to have crossed both polar icecaps unassisted and Andy McNab, the ex-SAS best-selling author.

To ensure the team is well prepared physically and mentally for the challenge that lies ahead, it has been training at CairnGorm Mountain.

The popular local ski resort provided a well-equipped training ground close to home.

Expedition organiser Tim Holmes said: "We are delighted and most grateful Natural Retreats CairnGorm Mountain has been able to support us in our training and ultimately help us achieve this goal."

The team can be tracked on the Natural Retreats social media channels, Twitter @NaturalRetreats, Instagram @naturalretreats and Facebook Natural Retreats.

More information about Endurance 100 can be found at www.endurance100.org.

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