Army Reserves team set historic South Pole challenge to raise money for The Soldiers’ Charity

Spear 17 team
The SPEAR17 team pose for a photo in the Houses of Parliament

A team from the Army Reserve hope to make history as the first British team ever to trek unsupported and unassisted to the South Pole.  “SPEAR17” – South Pole Expedition Army Reserves 2017 will see a team of six reservist attempt to enter the history books and raise £100,000 for the ABF The Soldiers Charity.

Just six people have successfully traversed Antarctica on foot and it has never been achieved by a British team. The team had initially planned a 730 mile journey over 60 days but extended their challenge in honour of British Antarctic explorer Henry Worsley, who died in January just 30 miles from completing his trek. Expedition Team Leader Louis Rudd, who was friends with Mr Worsley, completed an 800 mile unsupported journey with him in winter 2011/12.

The team includes Alex Brazier, son of Defence Minister Julian Brazier MP, who will also be aiming to become the youngest person ever to complete the expedition if the team are successful. The team will be completely self-sufficient and do not intend to receive any form of resupply or outside assistance. If all goes well they will reach the South Pole in January 2017.

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