Thursday, January 5, 2012
First blind person to trek to the South Pole: Alan Lock sets world record
South Pole, Antarctica -- Alan Lock, 31, from Clevedon, North Somerset, a former Royal Navy sailor, was part of a team which battled temperatures as low as -35C to cover almost 1,000km in 39 days while raising funds for Sightsavers and the US charity Guide Dogs for the Blind - setting the new world record for the First blind person to trek to the South Pole, according to World Record Academy (www.worldrecordacademy.com).
Photo: Alan Lock, 31, has become the first blind person to trek to the South Pole. During his 39-day expedition he suffered howling winds, temperatures of -35C and whiteout blizzards. Photo: Sightsavers (enlarge photo)
The Guinness world record for the Oldest person to visit both Poles was set by Major Will Lacy of Whitby, North Yorkshire, England, who went to the North Pole at the age of 82 and the South Pole at the age of 84. On both trips he arrived and left by light aircraft.
Guinness World Records also recognized the world record for the First person to reach The South Pole, set on 14 December 1911 by a Norwegian party of five men led by Captain Roald Amundsen (Norway, 1872-1928), after a 53-day march with dog sledges from the Bay of Whales.
Mr Lock undertook the challenge with two sighted team-mates, Andrew Jensen and Richard Smith, whom he met while studying for an MBA in the United States, and guide Hannah McKean.
Mr Lock, who lost his sight to macular degeneration, dragged a 60kg sled during the challenge.
Speaking from the South Pole, Mr Lock said: "It feels amazing to have made it to the South Pole, what an adventure.
"The high point is having the opportunity to make this expedition in the first place.
"Reaching the pole, having been only one of a handful of people to have ever walked here, is a fantastic experience.
"There have been difficulties with the terrain but this has all been made possible for me by my great team members."
Mr Lock lost his sight in six weeks while training as a Royal Navy officer nine years ago.
Since then, he has undertaken challenges including 10 marathons, and set a Guinness World Record in 2008 when he became the first visually impaired person to row across the Atlantic Ocean.
Mr Lock now works in telecommunications.
The trip has raised £15,000 for the charity Sightsavers, which aids blind people in the developing world, and Guide Dogs for the Blind, based in San Francisco.
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Thursday, January 5, 2012