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Friday, 11 January, 2002, 13:51 GMT
Female trio aim for polar double
Zoe Hudson, Pom Oliver, Caroline Hamilton, Ann Daniels, Rosie Stancer
Pom, Caroline and Ann (centre three) at the South Pole
A trio of British women adventurers have announced their attempt to become the first female team to trek all the way to both Poles.

Film financier Caroline Hamilton, 36, from London, 33-year-old mother of triplets Ann Daniels, from Devon, and 47-year-old Sussex property developer Pom Oliver have already trekked to the South Pole.

Now they aim to battle 500 miles across the constantly moving Arctic ocean ice to conquer the North Pole.

They will set out on 10 March from Ward Hunt Island in the Canadian Arctic pulling 250 lb sledges of food and equipment.

You need an element of luck as well as skill. It will be a huge achievement

Ann Daniels

The M&G-backed polar team have the Prince of Wales as their patron.

The three women are no strangers to the Arctic wastes having been part of two other successful all-women expeditions to the North and South Poles.

They were members of a five-woman M&G-backed expedition which reached the South Pole in January, 2000.

They covered 600 miles in 61 days in a 345,000 ice marathon of which the Prince of Wales was also patron.

If the North Pole trip is successful they will have completed their record-breaking double by having trekked all the way to both poles.

In 1997 they were part of a 20-strong, all-woman expedition which reached the North Pole in relays.

Polar guide

Caroline and Pom were on the last leg of the relay which reached the North Pole.

Ann took part in the first leg of that expedition - cheating death when she plunged through the pack ice into freezing water just 12 days after setting out.

But she also set foot on the North Pole when last year - as Britain's first female Polar guide.

"This expedition will be the first time I will have skied all the way to the North Pole - and I am getting very excited about it," said Ann, whose children, Joseph, Lucy and Rachel, are seven-years-old.

Charity goal

"It will be something new and far more difficult than the South Pole.

"The terrain is so much different, and with the shifting sea ice you are not going in one direction.

"You need an element of luck as well as skill. It will be a huge achievement," she added.

The three women will be raising money for a London-based charity on their trek.

They hope the expedition will raise up to 500,000 for Square Smiles - which supports mental health projects and a cancer centre of excellence.

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