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An Inspirational Talk from Paula Reid – Author of Live Life to The Full

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Thursday, 24 January, 2019
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

komo Bar Guildford GU1 3YA

Paula is a Polar Explorer and Adventurer. She has achieved 118 things on her ‘Live Life to the Full’ list and is only the 3rd British and 14th International Woman to Ski Full Distance to the South Pole (Messner route). This is a challenging 1000km trek through remote, freezing terrain from the Ronne-Filchner Ice Shelf on the edge of the frozen Antarctic continent at 82⁰20 South to the Geographic South Pole at 90⁰ South. The trip meant pulling an 80kg pulk in one of the most inhospitable environments of the world; uphill all the way, climbing 11,000 feet (3350 m) with temperatures below –40°C plus severe wind chill and storms. Paula was active 12 hours a day for 46 days, while also suffering from a severe case of ‘Polar Thigh’ which got steadily worse from Day Seven. She had to have the physical ability to cover a minimum daily distance and the mental stamina to continue in extreme conditions when she was exhausted and in great pain. She believes the Polar Thigh made this extreme trip twice as hard and thinks she could not have continued for one more day. Come and hear her amazing story of grit and achievement, ask her questions and have a South Pole cocktail – complete with ice from Antarctica!