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Walking to the South Pole … Blind

Posted By Sophie Lee On Jun 21, 2011 @ 11:14 pm In News,Sandbox | Comments Disabled

Polar Vision – Training Video [1] from Polar Vision [2] on Vimeo [3].

The alternate title to this post was “Prepare to Be Inspired, or to Have Your Mind Blown, or to Be Left Speechless, etc.” It was just a touch too unwieldy, though, for the story of Adam Lock, recent graduate [4] of Haas School of Business’s MBA program.

At the ripe old age of 24, Lock’s vision began to deteriorate due to Macular Degeneration [5]. He could no longer fly for the Royal Navy, but the end of his military career was the beginning of an unbelievable life.

Lock rowed across the Atlantic [6], raising money for charity, climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, Blanc and Everest and ran 10 marathons [7], all while slowly losing his vision.

Now he is training to be the first visually impaired person to walk to the South Pole, a journey of 600 miles carrying a 100-pound sled in subzero temperatures from the coast of Antarctica to the final destination, on the 100th anniversary of Roald Amundsen [8] and Robert Scott’s successful race to the pole.

The Polar Vision [9] team started training in March and has been blogging [10] about their adventures.

So, what have you done this year?

Polar Vision — Training Video [vimeo [1]]
A nearly blind Berkeley grad plans 600 mile trek to the South Pole [TNW [11]]

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URLs in this post:

[1] Polar Vision – Training Video: http://vimeo.com/23681563

[2] Polar Vision: http://vimeo.com/polarvision

[3] Vimeo: http://vimeo.com

[4] Adam Lock, recent graduate: http://haasachieves.blogspot.com/2010/12/seeing-beyond-limits.html

[5] Macular Degeneration: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/maculardegeneration.html

[6] rowed across the Atlantic: http://www.atlanticrow4sense.com/

[7] ran 10 marathons: http://www.polar-vision.org/the-team/alan-lock/

[8] Roald Amundsen: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roald_Amundsen

[9] Polar Vision: http://www.polar-vision.org/

[10] blogging: http://www.polar-vision.org/blog/

[11] TNW: http://thenextweb.com/shareables/2011/05/27/a-nearly-blind-berkeley-grad-plans-600-mile-trek-to-the-south-pole/

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