preparing for the camping trip of a lifetime
baby wipes, a diet of nuts and salami and extreme conditions - but
this Notts mother of three would jump at the chance of doing it
all over again.
Lynne Hart, 35,
from Sneinton, has just returned from a ten-day crossing of the
Finnmark Plateau in Norway.
It was her first trip abroad.
She had only one nights camping experience behind her.
However, Lynne is a woman with a lot of determination.
Lynne was one
of three novices who joined Mike and Fiona Thornewill on their latest
took them from the town of Alta over the tundra and frozen lakes
to the town of Karasjok.
The total journey is a distance of 120 km and involved hauling sledges
in temperatures as low as -29C.
was quite frightening. I did honestly wonder whether I'd made
the right decision."
interview with Lynne >>
It was splitting
from her husband which became a turning point in her life. She now
feels like a woman unleashed determined to do lots of
It was this,
along with the chance to raise money for the NSPCC that spurred
training before her trip
Lynne Hart met
Mike and Fiona Thornewill, through her partner Ian, who works for
Before the trip
Lynne went on a camping trip with the couple to prove that she had
the potential to complete the trip. Mike was impressed with her enormous
Mike and Fiona Thornewill are know the world over for their ambitious
expeditions to the North
and South Poles - Lynne was therefore in good hands.
twins and her 16-year-old son, may be pleased to have her back but
Lynne hasn't ruled out doing it all again.
is an issue... we took salami... a bit of long standing joke."
interview with Lynne >>
Read our interview to find out why...
Interview with Lynne Hart, Arctic explorer:
did it all start?
I was asked by Mike and Fiona Thornewill if I was interested
in going on an Arctic trek and it just snowballed from there.
was it like out there?
Very cold. I've never been outside the GB and it was just
completely different, covered in snow, extreme.
was it like with two famous intrepid explorers?
I did feel extremely privileged. They passed on life-saving
tips that will have taken them a lifetime to acquire. I am very
thankful for the experience.
were out there ten days. Was it difficult?
We had a really good time but there were moments that were
harrowing. We were doing an ascent on to a plateau. I'd never
even been on skiis before. When it came to doing hill work it
was difficult. The weight of the sleighs were actually pulling
us back down the hill. It was quite frightening. I did honestly
wonder whether I'd made the right decision by going. But, we
got through it.
high did you climb?
I think we climbed to nearly 3,000 feet.
Well, yes. You hear about temperatures of - 30C but you couldn't
possibly know how that feels until you're out there - because
you've never experienced it. And it was quite frightening. Especially
when you were you were getting in to bed at night. All you'd
got showing is your eyes. You've got to be that covered to protect
yourself from the cold.
you ever wake up and think 'Where am I?'?
Yes. I'd wake up with a frozen mouth and think 'What am
you miss anything inparticular?
A shower. You're in a confined space. You're privacy has
gone out of the window. You have to use baby wipes. Food is
an issue. You have to take a diet you can carry. We took salami
and it didn't take long to get fed up of it. It was a bit of
a long standing joke.
you going to do it again?
There has been talk of something else. I'd like to think
I'd do it again. I had such a wonderful experience I'd never
say 'no'. The team all got on so well. We had bad times and
good times. If it came my way again I'd definitely not pass
it up. I'd definitely do it again.