The Cofton Hackett man is part of a team of six army reservists who are about to take on a formidable expedition to the South Pole for charity.
The Birmingham based paramedic, Chris Brooke joined the army aged 16 and served with the Cheshire Regiment. In 2010, he started his career as a paramedic and has worked for West Midlands Ambulance Service since 2012 based in Birmingham.
Despite his dedication to his day job, Chris’s love of the Army remains and, as a serving reservist, Chris will be attempting the epic adventure with a team from the British Army Reserves.
Even though the team will be treated to extreme weather conditions, isolation, perilous crevasses, whiteout conditions, a climb from sea level to 10,000ft and the constant mental and physical battle of manhauling their pulks across the ice, it’s not just about enjoying themselves, no, it’s about raising £100,000 for the Army Benevolent Fund (ABF), the soldiers’ charity.
The team called SPEAR17′ (South Pole Expedition Army Reserves), who are currently waiting for decent weather in # so the plane can land, will be dropped by ski plane on the coastline of Antarctica. From there they will attempt to ski over 1,100 miles unsupported across the polar continent to the Geographic South Pole. Each man will be hauling an individual pulk (a type of sledge used to transport supplies) weighing approximately 160kg containing everything they need to survive for three months on the ice.
Chris, 34 from Cofton Hackett, is an avid supporter of ABF and said: “I’m always striving for new challenges and adventures but this is nothing like I’ve ever experienced before and is a once in a life time opportunity. I’m looking forward to it but a part of me is naturally apprehensive too. Antarctica is the coldest (-93°C), windiest and most inhospitable place on the planet but I’m told it’s also one of the most beautiful and rewarding places to travel in. It will test my endurance and physical fitness to the limit and, as you’d expect there’s lots of training to be done beforehand.
“Over 4,000 people have summited Everest, but only a handful have walked unsupported to the South Pole and it’s something that Army Reserves have never attempted before. We’re hoping to raise this money to help those service personnel that require it most. ABF is a charity close to my heart and it’s a very exciting opportunity to be part of a fundraising event like this.”
To support the team, donate at https://www.justgiving.com/spear17
Follow the team’s progress on Twitter at @Spear17org