Kim prepares for Arctic trek

PUBLISHED: 14:03 01 March 2007 | UPDATED: 10:12 31 May 2010

SUB-ZERO temperatures, polar bears and glaciers are waiting to greet former Saffron Walden County High student Kim Senger in the Arctic. The 22-year-old from the Czech Republic, whose parents live in Shed s Lane, Saffron Walden, is heading north to undert

SUB-ZERO temperatures, polar bears and glaciers are waiting to greet former Saffron Walden County High student Kim Senger in the Arctic.

The 22-year-old from the Czech Republic, whose parents live in Shed's Lane, Saffron Walden, is heading north to undertake a fiercely demanding ski-trek across 1000km of barren icy wilderness.

Kim explained why he decided to take on such an intensive challenge: "I guess one of the important reasons is that I like to challenge myself.

Life is boring without challenges, and projects such

as these really make you excited for years.

"The fact that I love to ski, camp in the snow and experience something different is also important."

The intrepid trekker, who currently studies geology at the University of Otago in New Zealand, is planning to traverse the Arctic with four friends: German Hella Garny, Lucas Girard from France, Swedish Mats Björkman and Ulli Neumann from Germany.

The five of them will attempt to ski the entire length of Svalbard, an isolated archipelago in the Norwegian Arctic with a population of less than 2500.

Kim said: "We fly out on Tuesday but our adventure starts in April, in Longyearbyen, the only town of Svalbard.

"Heavily loaded with food and gear to survive the rough Arctic climate, we will leave civilisation for two months.

"During the expedition we will have to make our own track along the snowy valleys, glaciers and over sea ice, facing Arctic weather and storms. Polar bears, reindeers and seals will be our only neighbours!"

There is a serious side to the expedition too, as the "Frozen Five" are hoping to conduct scientific research on the effect of climate change on the region.

The trip has been timed to coincide with the beginning of the International Polar Year, a project aiming to raise awareness of the effects of climate change on the Arctic.

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