Shackleton Centenary Expedition

Top Gear December 31 2007

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Watching BBC2's Top Gear last night, it was good to see our friend Matty McNair work with Richard Hammond. They were competing against Jeremy Clarkson and James May to reach the North Pole. Matty and Richard used dogs, James and Jeremy used a Toyota Hilux.

We won't be able to use either on the Shackleton Centenary Expedition. Dogs haven't been allowed in Antarctica since 1993, they are banned under the Antarctic Treaty. According to USAToday action was taken because of evidence that the canine disease distemper was spreading to Antarctica's seals. Cars aren't allowed either.

Matty McNair runs a polar training course on Baffin Island in Canada, and several team members have learnt a lot from her extensive polar experience (see for example Henry Adams' article Dressed for the Occasion Part 1).

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