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Along with her brother Simon, Mike Christie and Andy Kirkpatrick, Karen spent a week in Norway, testing the effectiveness of a special snow-handbike against that of a cross country sit-ski.
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"Sadly, the amazing snowbike that I had really struggled in the soft snow there is a reason why no-one has yet biked to the South Pole and there's a reason why nobody paralyzed has traveled across Antarctica to get there!"
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"So now I am pondering the challenge of crossing Antarctica in a sit-ski that is so demanding on the body, and so dependent on ski glide which in cold, uphill conditions doesn't happen readily."
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The team on Hardangervidda, Norway.
Image by Andrew Kirkpatrick courtesy Andrew Kirkpatrick, SOURCE

Paralyzed Karen Darke to attempt sit-ski to the South Pole

Posted: Feb 05, 2013 12:32 pm EST

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(Press release) Paralympic silver medal winning handcyclist and Berghaus athlete Karen Darke has completed the latest stage of preparation for her planned expedition to be the first paraplegic to reach the South Pole from the edge of Antarctica under her own steam. Darke, along with her brother Simon, Mike Christie and Andy Kirkpatrick, spent a week on the Hardangervidda Plateau in Norway, testing the effectiveness of a special snow-handbike against that of a cross country sit-ski. Pole of Possibility is Karen...

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