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BAS names Antarctic mountain after Kendal dog-sled driver

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image captionNick Cox has worked in polar regions since 1975

A mountain in Antarctica has been named in honour of a Cumbrian man who worked on the continent for more than 40 years supporting scientists.

Nick Cox, 67, had jobs including carpentry and driving dog-sleds for the British Antarctic Survey (BAS).

Mount Cox is a 9,700 ft (2,956m) high peak in the Rouen Mountains on the western edge of Antarctica.

Mr Cox, from near Kendal, said it would be "lovely to see it" but he was unlikely to visit his mountain.

He has worked in polar regions since 1975 and said his role was to "take care of scientists" in the inhospitable climes.

A "fascination with wild open places" drew him to the continent and he enjoyed the challenge of living in places "human beings aren't really supposed to be", he told BBC Radio Cumbria.

"It's a bit like going into space I imagine," he said. "You know humans can't survive so there's something challenging about being there."

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image captionNick Cox said he enjoyed the challenge of living in remote polar regions

He said the naming of Mount Cox was probably in recognition of his "longevity" and BAS "just thought maybe I've done enough, get rid of me now".

When asked if he would visit the peak, he said: "It would be so lovely to see it but I think age wise it can't be too long until I retire, and this blasted Covid means there are restrictions. Maybe one day."

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image captionHis roles included "taking care of scientists" and driving dog sleds

Mr Cox spent a winter at BAS's Signy Research Station between 1976 and 1977 as a boatman and builder.

In 1980 he became a general assistant at BAS's main station Rothera.

He was later a polar guide at Rothera and base commander at Signy before helping establish the UK's Arctic Research station at Ny-Ålesund, Svalbard, in 1991.

He was awarded the Polar Medal in 1992 and appointed an MBE in 2006.

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