Niall Carton, Alexey Borichev and Alexander Zozulya will depart from Punta Arenas, Chile in early January to fly to the Union Glacier Basecamp in Antarctica. After a short accommodation the team will fly further to 89 degree of the south latitude and start skiing towards the South Pole â€“ a distance of about 111km (60 miles), and aims to reach the Pole on the 14th January.
With temperatures as cold as -40C (-40F), strong winds and altitudes varying from 2,500m to 3,000m the trip is very demanding to the physical conditions and equipment. This is exactly the reason we started training and preparat...
Niall Carton, Alexey Borichev and Alexander Zozulya will depart from Punta Arenas, Chile in early January to fly to the Union Glacier Basecamp in Antarctica. After a short accommodation the team will fly further to 89 degree of the south latitude and start skiing towards the South Pole – a distance of about 111km (60 miles), and aims to reach the Pole on the 14th January.
With temperatures as cold as -40C (-40F), strong winds and altitudes varying from 2,500m to 3,000m the trip is very demanding to the physical conditions and equipment. This is exactly the reason we started training and preparation already in summer which included gym, swimming, squash, boxing, running and trekking.
We also want to dedicate this adventure and effort to support the Ivanskoye Hospice in Kostroma region, Russia – the last shelter for the old and infirm, which was cut from the government support in 2010 and patients were left to the mercy of fate
Niall has worked in ING for over 15 years. He spent 10 years in London in various roles within the Market Risk management department and almost 5 years in Moscow heading up the Financial markets department. Niall’s comments: It has always been a dream of mine to go to the North Pole and although I never expected to realize it I did it! It was a great opportunity to test my own limitations, drive and is a huge physical and mental challenge. To be able to realize a dream and at the same time raise money for a good cause like the Tula Orphanage was too good an opportunity to turn down. I enjoyed it so much that I have decided to go again this year but this time the South Pole.
This year I will also dedicate my adventure to a great cause and you can read more about the project below. Please join me in making this a very special journey by following us on our blog and sending messages of support and also making it an extra special journey by supporting us on our charity fundraising by donating.
Alexey has joined the TNK-BP team in the last summer, he spent 9 years with ING Bank before he left it for a new opportunity in a different industry. He started his career in the Custody department and has spent the last 9 years developing the Bank's forex and interest rate trading operations and derivatives on the local and international markets. Currently he heads FX, MM and Liquidity management department in TNK-BP. He has a 4 years old daughter.
Alexey's comments:" I think people should always be on the boundary between the possible and the impossible. This is what enables mankind to progress, opening up and developing the hidden capabilities of the body and the mind. For me the North and South Poles have always been places that no ordinary person can reach and I've been drawn to it by its inaccessibility. Doing this for charity gives the project a special meaning. It makes you feel that you not just waste your life entertaining yourself but you do something to help others, making their life more colorful. I hope my daughter will be very proud of me when I come back"
Alex is working for Barclays in Russia, trading local currency and rates. Before moving back to Moscow 1.5years ago, he spent 4 years working for Merrill Lynch in London and New York.
Alex's comments: The big fan of adventure and travel, my desire to reach the furthest horizons and literally the Earth edge has led me to join this South Pole expedition. Born in the Soviet Union, I studied mathematics in the Moscow State University and economics in the New Economic School before acceding the financial industry back in the promising 2007. I’ve spent since several years working in New York and London, and am now back to Moscow where my family also lives. My other interests comprise photography and sailing so I’ve ended up having a lot of unsorted pictures from all over the world … but looking forward to make new incredible ones in Antarctida, and do it for purpose.
Please support us in our effort – these donations would be a massive help to those who are the most in need and defenceless ... and wish us all best luck!
Well done to you, Niall and the rest of the Team.
Gregory & James Corrigan
Well done Niall, you did fantastic, Fiona
Simon and Moira Scott
Hilary and John Milne
Congratulations on your achievements. That's both ends of the world so that only leaves the middle to do! A quick circumnavigations of the world next?