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Gareth Andrews writes before he heads to North Pole

Here is a copy of an email I received from our adventurer Gareth as he sat at Sydney airport waiting for his flight out to join his unsupported Polar expedition.

Dear Family and Friends,
I’m sitting in Sydney Airport contemplating the coming months and I wanted to write to you all before I leave. I’ve said goodbye to Andrea and started a journey that will take me literally to the ends of the earth. Since I was a kid my mind and imagination has often been drawn to the polar regions and very early on I decided that one day I would go and see it for myself.
To me, the North Pole is the essence of adventure. We’ll be facing 600kms of sea ice and Arctic tundra, pressure ridges, open leads of Arctic ocean, the constant threat of polar bears and temperatures as low as -50. A constantly changing environment, with the ice melting and refreezing and shifting with the wind, tides and polar drift, the arctic ocean is never the same from one day to the next. Although people have gone before the experience of the North Pole is different for every team that makes the journey.
Thank you all for your support and enthusiasm over the last 18 months since we first began this journey. It’s been a long time preparing, planning and training and finally the start of the expedition is here.
Please follow our progress on our Polar Expedition website  – there’s a weekly blog, a live map and daily updates on our Facebook site sent directly from us on the ice.
Thank you all again and I look forward to telling you all about it when we get back.

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