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Wednesday 17 September 2014

North Pole the goal for Irish adventurers

Published 15/01/2014 | 02:30

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Adventurers Mike O'Shea and Dr Clare O'Leary during their first attempt to reach the North Pole on foot in 2012. The pair will attempt the feat again in February as part of The Ice Project
Adventurers Mike O'Shea and Dr Clare O'Leary.

AN IRISH couple is in a race against time to complete the world's hardest expedition and walk to the North Pole.

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Adventurers Mike O'Shea and Dr Clare O'Leary embark on their adventure on February 14, their second attempt to conquer the North Pole.

They say this might be the last opportunity to complete the feat on foot because of the changing condition of the ice.

The pair had to abandon a previous attempt in 2012 due to a failure of shared logistics when they were taking part in the expedition with other adventurers.

This time, they're going it alone and are trying to secure sponsorship to help with the huge cost of completing The Ice Project, an estimated €250,000.

Clare from Bandon, Co Cork, and Mike, who is based in Dingle, Co Kerry, will launch their campaign in the next couple of weeks by spending 24 hours in a freezer.

"No Irish person has ever made it to the North Pole and we're hoping to create a bit of Irish history," Mr O'Shea told the Irish Independent.

They will be providing regular updates on www.theiceproject.org.

Irish Independent

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