An Ice Time Was Had by All

Polar Pioneers Keep Prepping

While hard-earned R & R beckoned many students over spring break, MBA 11s Andrew Jensen and Alan Lock sought to replicate the grueling demands they will face in an Antarctic expedition launching in December 2011.

Lock and Jensen, along with two teammates, are preparing for Polar Vision, a 600-mile crossing from the Antarctic coast to the South Pole. Challenging? Oh, yes. Now add that Lock is visually impaired and aims to break records with this trek, while also raising funds and awareness for sight charities.

But back to spring break—that’s when Jensen and Lock traveled 36 hours to meet their teammates in the northern Canadian burg of Iqaluit, just below the Arctic Circle. There, they hauled heavy sleds across more than 70km of sea ice and camped out in (literally) freezing conditions. Not feeling the pain yet? They ran out of chocolate. “A schoolboy error,” says Lock, “but we all finished with a smile on our face and feel really confident for the South Pole.”

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