Crossing Greenland - Preparation for Greenland

Dr Gareth Andrew’s past achievements read like an adventurer’s dream bucket list:

2015 Cerro Solo ascent (2121m), Patagonia 

2013 Magnetic North Pole Expedition – 600km from Resolute Bay on foot across the sea ice and tundra of the High Arctic. 

2011 Annapurna Mountain Ultra marathon, Nepal – 250km unsupported 

2010 Atacama Desert Ultra marathon, Chile – 250km unsupported 

2010/2012 – The North Face 100, Blue Mountains

All while studying and then practicing medicine, no small feat!

As you are probably (painfully) aware, doctors can easily become all engrossed in their work and lose themselves in the process.

Part of Gareth’s focus on his adventuring is about choosing to make a conscious decision to find time for the things he loves outside of work.

That may be spending time with family and friends, being part of a sports team or in Gareth’s case making unsupported crossings of the Greenland Ice Sheet!

Training

Preparing for a polar expedition such as this poses a number of challenges; you have to have the endurance to cover huge distances day after day and be strong enough to haul your pulka over sastrugi and pressure ridges of ice, all while attempting to stack on some weight to have in reserve for energy.

Training for this most recent expedition has been a lot of hard work following a strength and conditioning program designed specifically for him by Joe Bonington from Joe's Basecamp. This has involved plenty of early morning training sessions dragging tyres for kilometres up and down beaches.  Here Gareth walks you through his training regime.

Dr Gareth Andrew’s past achievements read like an adventurer’s dream bucket list:

2015 Cerro Solo ascent (2121m), Patagonia 

2013 Magnetic North Pole Expedition – 600km from Resolute Bay on foot across the sea ice and tundra of the High Arctic. 

2011 Annapurna Mountain Ultra marathon, Nepal – 250km unsupported 

2010 Atacama Desert Ultra marathon, Chile – 250km unsupported 

2010/2012 – The North Face 100, Blue Mountains

All while studying and then practicing medicine, no small feat!

As you are probably (painfully) aware, doctors can easily become all engrossed in their work and lose themselves in the process.

Part of Gareth’s focus on his adventuring is about choosing to make a conscious decision to find time for the things he loves outside of work.

That may be spending time with family and friends, being part of a sports team or in Gareth’s case making unsupported crossings of the Greenland Ice Sheet!

Training

Preparing for a polar expedition such as this poses a number of challenges; you have to have the endurance to cover huge distances day after day and be strong enough to haul your pulka over sastrugi and pressure ridges of ice, all while attempting to stack on some weight to have in reserve for energy.

Training for this most recent expedition has been a lot of hard work following a strength and conditioning program designed specifically for him by Joe Bonington from Joe's Basecamp. This has involved plenty of early morning training sessions dragging tyres for kilometres up and down beaches.  Here Gareth walks you through his training regime.

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