Andrew Pearce

Andrew Pearce

Crossing The Pole of Heat - The Lut Desert

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[p][b][u]So what is the challenge and who is it for?[/u][/b][/p][p]Having in Sir Edmund Hilary’s words “Knocked off” the North and South Poles, it is time now to aim for another Pole and this time it is going to be what is known as “The Pole of Heat on Earth” by NASA. It is in Iran’s Lut Desert which is home to the hottest recorded ground temperature on earth’s surface according to NASA’s satellite data recording a temperature of 70.7 ?C.[/p][p]The world’s first ever crossing on foot was made less than three years ago (as published in the National Geographic magazine). The only recorded crossing prior to that was by camel by Marco Polo in 1271 and Wilfred Thesiger in 1964. It is one of the last true wilderness areas on earth and has become the world’s newest UNESCO Heritage site for its unique desert environment, its rock paintings and its natural sand dunes and formations.[/p][p]The geological features include unusual “star dunes” several hundred metres high, “The eye of the Lut” which is a huge depression supposedly created by a large meteorite, and the longest system of Kaluts in the world at 120km long and 80 km wide.[/p][p]Due to the lack of water wildlife is limited, but new discoveries are being made and one of my aims is to advance the knowledge of the presence of life forms as I traverse the desert.[/p][p]The crossing will cover a distance of between 200 to 300 kms on foot by a slightly different route so in effect we will be travelling over desert that has never been crossed before. This is a unique challenge which will involve trekking between 8 to 10 hours daily, carrying packs of between 10 to 15 Kg mainly water and food, with water being resupplied by 4 x 4 vehicles daily. It will be an exciting under taking and will be certainly different to the North and South Poles.[/p][p]The Norwegian Borge Ousland who is described by the National Geographic Magazine “as arguably the most accomplished Polar Explorer alive!” with solo expeditions to both the North and South Poles as well as solo crossings of the Arctic Ocean and Antarctic Continent. “Having travelled with Andrew previously in Antarctica in 2008, I would like to offer him my support and best wishes in taking on this unique challenge to what is one of the few relatively undiscovered and little known corners of the world where few have trodden through the ages. I am sure it is going to be tough but Andrew will be up for this challenge and this time swopping snow for sand, but surprisingly travelling through the Lut Desart in Iran could be very similar to Antarctica, both are remote and hostile with extreme temperatures, but both have a beauty which in this modern era is very hard to find. Good Luck Andrew. All the best Borge”[/p][p]We will be travelling in the cooler winter temperatures which will still “clock in” between mid/ high 30s to 40?C temperatures.[/p][p]“George” my Air Ambulance bear (as shown above) will accompany me on this trip, having already been to both the North and South Poles, The first winter ascent of the Arctic’s highest mountains, South Georgia, the jungles and volcanoes of the Congo, Mont Blanc to name but a few. Please do give generously to this very deserving charity who require over £4.2 million pounds annually to provide this Air Ambulance service to the community.[/p][p][br][/p]
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Personal Challenge Date

03 Dec 2018

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Feb 6, 2019

Anonymous

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Dec 5, 2018

Michael and Jackie Scott

An achievement! Look forward to seeing the photos.

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Dec 5, 2018

Martin Borley

Congratulations on the challenge!

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Dec 5, 2018

Anonymous

My goodness - that is a challenge and a half to a very remote and interesting part of the planet. Good for Christmas conditioning!!

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Dec 5, 2018

Anonymous

Incredible not your normal beach holiday!!

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Dec 5, 2018

Sall and Niel

Wow Andrew, what an absolutely amazing achievement. Congratulations!

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Dec 5, 2018

Anonymous

Well done - you must be mad!

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Dec 3, 2018

Emma Caudwell

Congratulations and well done on your impressive adventure! Very glad all the hard work paid off for you. From Emma

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