The Iceman – aka Cameron Hudson, makes his dreams a reality.
After a stressful few months worrying that Cameron Hudson will raise the money needed to secure his dream, we can now confirm that Cameron has succeeded in obtaining a major sponsor.
UK opticians Optical Express have secured his place on this amazing adventure of a lifetime, by providing the mammoth £30,000 he required to take part in the expedition and enable him to call for sponsors to aid the major charities he is undertaking this hazardous trek to help: Guide Dogs for the Blind, The International Glaucoma Association and the Royal National Institute for the Blind.
The start in November takes Cameron to Punta Arenas in Southern Chile, departing there the expedition will fly over the Southern Ocean to Antarctica. His marathon trek will begin from the Hercules Inlet on the landward side of the Ronne Ice Shelf Antarctica.
Pulling a sled weighing as much as hid own body weight and taking a total of 60 days and travelling 700 miles in temperatures of -20 to -30C with the katabatic winds of between 5 to 15 mph constantly blowing in his face (just describing the journey makes me feel like a block of ice!)
When Cameron and the expedition reaches 85.00 degrees South (midway to the South Pole) the Trans Antarctic mountain range, one of the largest mountain chains in the world will come into view. The Trans – Antarctic mountains extend from the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula to Cape Adore. A distance of 3000 miles. This is where the trek gets really hairy, as from there the surface becomes disturbed as the ice literally hits the mainland of Antarctica and Cameron will be skiing over ice dunes, created by the wind and crevasse fields.
From here Cameron will then ascend to 3000m, as he approaches the South Polar Plateau. With the gain in elevation temperatures will steadily drop down to below -30 C. The expedition will spend Christmas and the New Year on The ice, hoping to reach the South Pole by early January 2008.
Cameron has asked me to mention that as a DLL Cardiff member there is a unique chance for you to share in a part of British Polar history and enjoy a beautiful evening at the five star Mercure Holland House Hotel, Newport Road, Cardiff. At the expedition’s Gala Ball – a glittering walk way will transport you to a luxury champagne reception, followed by a magnificent banquet with music accompaniment and an expedition charity auction and a prize draw. All this takes place on Wednesday 24th October 2007 starting at 7.00 pm till late.
Tickets for this event are available at £65 per head or purchase a table for the price of 8 tickets. Cameron has arranged a special room rate for the event so why not spend the night. To obtain a table or
book your place at this unique occasion call Cameron on 07779 712 831. All proceeds will be shared between the Guide dogs for blind the international Glaucoma Association and the Royal National Institute for the Blind.
Every day 100 more people lose their sight. Through the tireless efforts of these charities help is available to improve the quality of life for over 2million people in the uk with sight problems.
Everyone at FTD magazine and DLL Cardiff wishes Cameron a successful expedition and safe journey home.