On 18 September 2012, British Ultrarunner Tim Willamson announced his 2013 polar trek which will see him become the first person to attempt to walk solo and unsupported to and from the North Pole.
Supported by Chillisauce.co.uk 25 year old Williamson, a virtual unknown on the global adventure scene, will be setting off from Resolute Bay, on the 13th January 2013. If successful it will become the longest, solo and unsupported expedition in the world.
Rob Swan OBE , the first person to walk to the North and South Poles said “What Tim is undertaking is truly one of the last great Polar expeditions. I have watched his careful preparation . . . he can make it. Careful preparation helps luck, and on the Arctic Ocean you need some luck.”
Tim will attempt to cover a minimum of 2,200 miles over 100 – 120 days without the use of skis. Williamson’s trek will be the first polar expedition to go from civilisation to civilisation. It will also be the first North Pole attempt in the age of flight without the use of a chartered aircraft.
Tim Williamson said ‘The majority fail because they aren’t built for walking long distances. This is the thing I’m specially built for. The North Pole holds a great amount of wonder to me, and as an ultrarunner, it is the ultimate challenge.”
This is one of the most extreme tests of physical and mental robustness that will battle perpetual darkness, loneliness and constant fatigue to achieve. He will also be racing against time, trying to make his journey and beat the melting ice.
The Expedition will be coordinated through discoveralifelessordinary.com, an adventure magazine site of the Chillisauce.co.uk group. Adrian Simpson leading the team there said ‘this is a remarkable young British athlete attempting something so special that he could easily be the first and last person ever accomplish it. It’s going to be gripping stuff from start to finish.’
Tim Williamson, Robert Swan OBE and Adrian Simpson are available for interviews.
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