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Last Updated: Monday, 13 March 2006, 16:55 GMT
Explorer suffers sledge setback
Conrad Dickinson
Mr Dickinson is trekking to the Geographical North Pole
A polar explorer from Northumberland has suffered a setback in his bid to trek to the Geographic North Pole.

Conrad Dickinson, from Hexham, has been forced to carry out emergency repairs on his sledge, after it split from end to end while being pulled across ice.

The 50-year-old set off with Canadian skier Richard Weber, 46, on their unsupported 482-mile trek last week.

Each man is dragging a pair of sledges loaded with equipment and weighing a total of 150 kilos (330 lbs).

Mr Dickinson said he had been "a bit rough" with his sledge while pulling it across huge sections of ice rubble, and was carrying out repairs with wire.

The pair hope to complete their trek from Ward Hunt Island in the Canadian High Arctic to the North Geographic Pole by 29 April, beating the current record of 63 days.


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