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Pen Hadow and Ann Daniels head off to the North Pole

12th February 2009

British explorer and motivational speaker Pen Hadow set off, alongside colleague and fellow keynote speaker Ann Daniels, on a new expedition to the North Pole, meant to determine the exact situation on-scene. The two, joined by another British researcher, will feed back their collected data to professor Wieslaw Maslowski, from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. The main goal is to find out the exact time when the polar ice cap will melt, and what the possible consequences are.

Yesterday, the team left the UK for Canada, where they will set up the final details of their expedition. After that, they are due to be flown to the Arctic, where their mission is scheduled to kick off on the 27th of February. They will have to face freezing temperatures, as low as minus 50 degrees Celsius (minus 67 degrees Fahrenheit), throughout the entire trip. Planned to last about three months, the trek will take the team over 1,100 kilometers (680 miles) of ice across the North Pole.

“We cannot afford to fail on this mission – there is too much at stake. As a matter of honor, we will gather as much data as we can,” the 46 year-old scientist shared on a press conference on January 22nd. The adventurer has extensive experience at the North Pole, as he is the only man to have ever trekked in the region solo and unsupported by others. Las month, however, he admitted that the last expedition in one of the most dangerous areas of our planet was very “daunting,” and that it was an episode he didn't wish to repeat anytime soon.

While Ann Daniels and Pen Hadow are away, they are still taking booking for speaking engagements on their return when they will share the stories of this trip alongside their many other adventures.  To find out more, please call Speakers Corner on +44 (0)20 7607 7070 or email us on info@speakerscorner.co.uk

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