Four teams line up to ski the last degree to the North Pole
Camp Barneo, 14 April 2015. The Mamont Cup teams have begun their epic ski to the North Pole in an international celebration of polar exploration. In an expedition taking place from 14-21 Apri 2015, each team will ski independently carrying all their own supplies across the challenging polar ice cap. The teams will be facing freezing temperatures, notoriously strong winds and ever changing terrain on the ice cap as they ski to the most northern place on earth.
This inaugural event will see four teams, led by world renowned polar explorers, ski the last degree to the North Pole (approximately 111km). Team captains include David Hempleman-Adams who leads an all British team consisting of wounded servicemen, French explorers François Bernard and Christian de Marliave, and an all-female team lead by Denmark’s Bettina Aller. They are joined by competitors from Sweden, Italy, Russia, Germany, Switzerland, Ukraine, Canada and the USA in a truly international celebration of polar exploration.
The expedition is sponsored by the Mamont Foundation who aim to raise the awareness of the importance of continued research and exploration in polar regions – through this expedition they hope to encourage people to take a more active interest in the importance of polar regions.
Foundation founder Frederik Paulsen is taking part as a member of Team Baltic.
Team UK consists of four wounded soldiers, still in active service with the Royal Dragoon Guards and is led by legendary explorer David Hempleman-Adams who guided dome of the team of soldiers to the South Pole in 2012. On arrival at the North Pole, the team will be the first full team of serving soldiers to have skied to both North and South Poles, despite all having overcome injuries sustained in active service. The soldiers are raising funds for the ABF, The Soldiers Charity.
Team Arctic is the expedition’s all female team and is made up of some of the world’s most adventurous women including Christine Dennison (USA) a remote adventure expert who became the first woman ever to scuba dive in the high arctic and the Amazon river; Geraldine Fasnacht-Beaugey (Swizterland) who not only is a World Champion free-ride snowboarder and regular wing-suit jumper, she has visited Antarctica 3 times; business woman Jennifer Li (Canada); Tamara Mazur (Ukraine), Mamont Vodka brand ambassador and first time polar adventurer, and team
leader Bettina Allen (Denmark) who has reached the north pole an impressive 6 times and written
3 books about her experiences.
To find out more about the Mamont Cup 2015, please visit http://www.foundation-mamont.com/expeditions/ where you will be able to follow the team’s progress on their journey to the North Pole.