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Last Updated: Wednesday, 26 April 2006, 23:08 GMT 00:08 UK
Paralysed adventurer's ice trek
Karen Darke
Karen pictured during training in Finland
An adventurer who is paralysed from the chest down is only days away from tackling a marathon trek across Greenland's ice cap.

Karen Darke, from Grantown on Spey, and five others begin the expedition called By Hands and Feet Greenland on 2 May.

The 34-year-old will sit on skis and use arm-power and ski poles to cover the 372 miles (600km).

Her blog - an online diary - is being carried on the Highlands and Islands Enterprise Careers Scotland website.

Karen was a keen runner and mountaineer before she was paralysed in a rock-climbing accident while she was at university.

Before the Greenland expedition, she has kayaked in Alaska and hand-cycled the length of Japan.

'Crazy' months

The team of six aims to raise money for the charity Interventure.

It provides and develops opportunities for disabled people to participate in adventure sports and outdoor activities.

In her first blog, Karen said: "It's been quite crazy the last few months getting everything organised for the expedition.

"The team met up in Arctic Finland for a week of training.

"There was a mega-shopping trip to buy all the food for the journey, a packing challenge getting it all ready to freight out to Greenland, not to mention trying to keep the training schedule up, 'normal' working, and all the other equipment and logistical planning for the expedition."

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