A KERRY adventurer and his colleague have successfully completed the first stage in an epic journey across the plant's largest ice-caps.
Dingle resident Mike O'Shea and fellow adventurer, Bandon native Dr Clare O'Leary completed their goal of skiing across Lake Baikal in Siberia, a 778km long frozen lake that holds 20 per cent of the world's freshwater supply.
The trip is part of a series of expeditions known as the Ice Project, for which the duo plans to cross all the world's major icecaps.
It has taken Mike and Clare almost five weeks to complete the first leg of their incredible three-year quest, which will culminate with a crossing of South Georgia Island in 2016, in time for the centenary of one of Ireland's greatest Polar moments – the safe arrival of Irish explorers, Annascaul's Tom Crean and Ernest Shackleton at the end of the doomed Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition.
Mike, the proprietor of Irish Rope Access and Safety Consultants, Baile na Buaille, Dingle, has travelled extensively throughout the world and has participated in expeditions in Africa, Nepal, Pakistan, New Zealand, and has also travelled to a wide range of countries.
Clare O'Leary is also no stranger to adventure in extreme conditions. She is one of the world's leading female adventurers and high-altitude climbers with many seasons on the world's great ranges. She also has the accolades of being the first Irish female to climb Mount Everest.