A British-born Sikh Army officer has set out on a mission to become the first woman of colour to finish a solo and unsupported trek to the South Pole. Captain Harpreet Chandi, a 32 year old Army physiotherapist aims to journey 700-miles alone in the Antarctic ice while hauling a 90 kilogram sled as she endures temperatures of up to -50 degrees Celsius and wind speeds of up to 60mph.
“Antarctica is the coldest, highest, driest and windiest continent on Earth. Nobody lives there permanently. I didn’t know much about the continent when I first started planning and that is what inspired me to go there,” writes Captain Chandi.