When Alan Lock and Andrew Jensen, both MBA 11, hit the ice in Antarctica this winter, Businessweek.com readers will follow along. The team will send dispatches tracking their progress as they trek more than 500 miles across the continent, from the coast to the South Pole.
Businessweek coverage began with a Sept. 21 article, MBAs Trek to the End of the Earth, covering their spring break training expedition in the Arctic, their fundraising efforts, applicable lessons from b-school (Tuck MBA Richard Smith is also on the expedition team), and Lock’s highly personal reasons for embarking upon the venture. Lock, who has been diagnosed with a form of macular degeneration, would break records as the first visually impaired person to make such a crossing. The team also aims to raise awareness for visual impairment and funds for two sight charities, Guide Dogs for the Blind and Sightsavers International, under the auspices of of a non-profit they’ve founded called Polar Vision.
The team flies to Chile in November to begin the trek. “We’re trying to be cautious,” Jensen told Businessweek about his confidence in the undertaking. “We can do the best planning in the world, but there will be things you can’t plan for. Stoves are going to blow up. Clothes are going to rip. Skis are going to break. We have good tents, we have good equipment. Those will help you survive, but what makes it bearable are the people with you. If you aren’t drawing strength from the people around you, you aren’t going to make it. This is a strong team, and because of that, I think we’re going to be just fine.”