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Ian: If anything the isolation is greater in the polar environment - when we were skiing we worked a 2 hours on, 10 minutes off and for those 2 hours we could not talk. The team in their tent on Greenland (click to enlarge)
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Ian: Body care is vital and I ensure my crews all clean themselves after every watch to prevent the onset of sores. Ian and Ben on their first expedition together on Oyster Shack (click to enlarge)
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Ian: The fitter you are the easier it is to cope with the stresses of the expedition. Ian and Ben during the last miles on the Greenland Ice Cap (click to enlarge)
Image by David Paabo courtesy Ben Thackwray, SOURCE
Ian Couch: Routine and self discipline is key to making the crossing as discomfort free as possible. In January-February 2010 Ian skippered a 12-man row boat, Britannia III, across the Atlantic from La Gorma to Barbados (click to enlarge)
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Ian: Perhaps the biggest factor for me is my family - I have a very supportive wife and 2 young sons who I hope that as they get older they will share my love of the outdoors but if not at least I can show them that you can follow you dreams however outlandish they may be. Ian Couch and Ben Thackwray back in the UK (click to enlarge)
courtesy Ian Couch and Ben Thackwray, SOURCE

ExWeb interview with Ian Couch and Ben Thackwray (final), Rowing and skiing require the mind to push the body

Posted: May 26, 2010 03:05 pm EDT

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The two Brits teamed up for the first time on a row boat across the mid Atlantic in 2007-08. Then they challenged themselves on skis on the frozen ice cap of Greenland. In between Ian rowed twice across the oceans. Last year he was a last minute addition to the crew of the out of class boat that rowed with the Woodvale Indian Ocean Rowing Race. The 8 rowers set a speed record from Australia to Mauritius. On January 4 this year Ian skippered the 12-person crew in the Woodvale Atlantic Rowing Race from La Gorma to Barbados.Two...

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