Follow adventurer on his solo trek to South Pole [Herald, The (Plymouth, England)]
(Herald, The (Plymouth, England) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) EXPLORER Antony Jinman is plotting a trek to the South Pole - and he is planning to take city schoolchildren with him.
The Plymouth-based advS nturer will use the latest technology to connect with classrooms back home via the internet on his epic solo trek over 800 miles of ice.
He will even have remote-controlled aerial drones which can film him from above and beam back the images to Britain.
Antony, aged 32, plans to trek solo to the South Pole starting in November and scale Everest in spring 2015.
He achieved the first part of his challenge, walking to the North Pole, in 2010.
If successful, he would be the 20th person in the world and just the third Briton to have reached the 'Three Poles'.
Wembury-born Antony, who has already chalked up 16 expeditions, is inviting potential sponsors and supporters to a presentation about his amazing trek on Wednesday.
He runs Education Through Expeditions (ETE), which connects explorers and schools, spreading knowledge about climate change and remote and fragile environments.
Antony says he would love to hear from teachers who could follow his progress with their students. He said: Obviously we cannot take classes to Antarctica, but we can now link live to children at home.
We want to link research to schools through distance learning. This expedition will be fully interactive for children not just to follow but also to ask questions of me and a panel of experts.
We also want schools to get involved with our competitions. Antony hopes to complete the ETE Teachers at South Pole mission in around 50 days, skiing 15 miles on a good day and pulling a sled behind him.
He will have to carry all his equipment because he is not being resupplied by air.
Temperatures will hover between -5C and -30C in the 24-hour summer daylight but his biggest problem will be the almost-constant headwind.
Antony, who has the title of Plymouth University's Explorer in Residence, will power his electronics by solar panels.
Amazingly, these include overheard remotecontrolled drones.
He said: It just shows you how far technology has come that I can launch and pilot these drones which can film me from above and beam back images via my satellite phone.
Antony will survive on powdered dehydrated meals and other snacks such as biscuits.
One of the competitions he will be running will be for Plymouth schoolchildren to design him a biscuit.
He said: I will need to consume about 6,500 calories a day. The most nutritious recipe will be used to cook biscuits before I leave Chile for Antarctica. Antony's presentation, hosted by the Plymouth Explorers Club, is at 6.30pm for a 7pm start on Wednesday at The Treasury at Catherine Street in the city centre.
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