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Orpington resident to take part in historic Ice Warrior polar expedition

PUBLISHED: 07:00 04 May 2018

Jhy Turley. Picture: Ben Hutton

Jhy Turley. Picture: Ben Hutton

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Amateur explorer Jhy Turley is taking part in one of the most ambitious polar expeditions of our time - to be the first in history to reach the Arctic Pole or Northern Pole of Inaccessibility.

Jhy hiking in Nepal. Picture: Jhy TurleyJhy hiking in Nepal. Picture: Jhy Turley

Jhy, of Orpington, is a designer and studio manager for an advertising agency but has always been passionate about adventure travel and has in the past cycled across California, trekked to Kala Pattar in Nepal and scaled the UK three peaks in 24 hours.

In his latest adventure he will join accomplished explorer Jim McNeill.

Defined as the furthest point from land on the Arctic Ocean and therefore its centre, the Northern Pole of Inaccessibility remains the last truly significant place in the Polar Regions yet to be reached by mankind.

It is more than 250 miles further than the geographic North Pole.

The whole journey will be near to 800 miles from the northern shores of Canada and will take in the North Magnetic Pole en route.

Having been selected for the Ice Warrior #LASTPOLE Expedition, Jhy is undergoing a comprehensive and intensive training programme to take on one of four 20-day legs, pushing the route across the Arctic Ocean.

Along the route crucial datasets will be gathered to benchmark the condition of the ocean for the NASA-funded National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) scientists, led by Walt Meier.

These will reveal more about climate change.

Father-of-two Jhy said: “My father gave me a copy of Sir Ranulph Fiennes’ book Beyond the Limits, and I’ve been fascinated by the idea of Arctic travel ever since.

“I’ve been following the expeditions of Ice Warrior ever since I returned from trekking in Nepal.

“When I saw that Jim was looking for everyday people to become members of the #LASTPOLE Expedition I knew I had to be part of it.

“What makes the expedition extra special for me is that I have a chance to make a valuable contribution to understanding climate change and help understand the fragile Arctic region.”

Jhy’s training begins this month and he will spend 10 days in Dartmoor learning advanced medical skills, expedition planning, navigation, campcraft, technical rope skills and expedition fitness.

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