Emma Tamsin Kelty, 42, is setting off on an unaccompanied 1,400 mile round trip to the South Pole in November and hoping to ski her way into the record books in the process. Raising money and awareness of cystic fibrosis by taking on this incredible feat, Emma said: “I fly out to Antarctica in a few weeks and although it’s going to be tough, it’s nothing compared with the daily struggle people with CF face.”
Emma has skied to the South Pole with a guide before, but has had her sights set on the solo mission ever since. She’s cautiously optimistic about whether she’ll attempt the return journey too, saying: “There is a reason that no female has attempted to do the [return] distance, as I will be burning 9000–10000 calories per day but only eating/carrying less than 6000.”
Since planning her trip, Emma has recently discovered that there is another solo female attempt at the return journey taking place, adding an extra level of competition to her challenge.
Claire Phillips, Community Development and Fundraising Manager at the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, said: “On behalf of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust I send great thanks to Emma who is fighting to beat this life-shortening condition with us. We are in awe of her incredible efforts and are greatly appreciative of the support. We hope that Emma raises lots of money as well as having an epic experience.”
Catch up on Emma’s journey so far, including previous challenges and a candid discussion of her battle to put on weight for the upcoming expedition, by following her blog. To show your support text Pole 92 to 70070 to give £5 to the Trust and help create a life unlimited by cystic fibrosis for everyone affected by the condition.