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Arctic challenge across the pole

Hampshire polar explorer Alex Hibbert is to tackle the last great Arctic challenge: a daring unsupported assault on the North Pole during the dark months of polar winter.

Hampshire polar explorer sets off on daring trek

Hungry polar bears at night could be one of the fiercest dangers that Portsmouth-born explorer Alex Hibbert faces when he tackles one of the last great Arctic challenges.

Moving fractured sea ice, unpredictable weather conditions and temperatures as low as -50C could also throw up problems as he makes an unsupported attempt to reach the North Pole in the depths of Winter.

He sets off today.

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