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Last Updated: Friday, 16 May, 2003, 05:45 GMT 06:45 UK
Goss unveils polar mission
Pete Goss
Pete Goss: "It feels right to me"

Adventurer Pete Goss is aiming to walk in the footsteps of Captain Scott by trekking to the South Pole and back.

Mr Goss, 41, is best known for his attempt three years ago to sail a 4m "super yacht" in The Race - a no-rules round-the-world event.

The attempt was scuppered when the 120-feet catamaran Team Philips was severely damaged before the event started.

Mr Goss, from Torpoint in Cornwall, and polar explorer Alan Chambers, from Taunton in Somerset, aim to start the 1,611-mile trek in November and complete it in three months.

They will be raising money for HopeHIV, a charity which helps children orphaned by Aids in Africa.

Mr Goss said: "I have always considered myself an adventurer and sailing is the medium where I have done most of it.

The Antarctic has been scratching away for a long time
Pete Goss

"But the Antarctic has been scratching away for a long time. I have sailed round it twice and I have always wanted to go.

"I suppose from the outside it looks a bit strange, but it feels right to me.

"The parallels are there anyway. You have to look after yourself with planning, preparation, food and navigation."

The two former Royal Marines will travel from McMurdo on the coast of the Antarctic continent to the South Pole and back using a man-pulled sledge and kite system.

In July, they will undertake a 17-day expedition to cross the Greenland ice cap. Later, the team will go to the Alps to climb Mont Blanc for training.

Polar tragedy

Mr Chambers, 34, led the first successful British, unassisted walk to the geographical North Pole from the Canadian coastline.

The South Pole trek will cost an estimated 360,000 and is part-sponsored by MAKO Global.

Scott and his team attempted to be the first men to reach the South Pole in 1911.

On arrival, they found Scott's rival Roald Amundsen had planted the Danish flag just a few weeks before.

Their return journey ended in the loss of all five lives just 11 miles from their last depot.




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