The World's first Scout-led team conquers the South Pole

POSTED: 7th January 2019
IN: Newsroom

After 8 years of planning, Hampshire Scout Joe Doherty has completed a 566 mile journey to the South Pole. As one of the expedition sponsors, we at Aldermore are so pleased to see Joe achieving his goal.

Joe's journey

Starting at the Messner on the edge of the Antarctic Plateau, Joe has made the journey by foot and skis, dragging his equipment and food behind him on a sled weighing 85kg. The average temperature during his 45 day journey was -26 degrees. 

Having completed the first part of his incredible challenge, Joe will now embark on a 700 mile return journey by kite ski, down the Hercules Inlet route.

Joe's Inspiration

Joe's challenge was inspired by Scout leaders who climbed Mount Everest in 2007 to celebrate 100 years of scouting. Joe believes that all young people should have the opportunity to experience adventures, and this expedition is the ideal opportunity to inspire young people to believe that they can go outside their comfort zones.

About Joe Doherty

Joe joined the Scouts at the age of 12, hoping to learn new skills and explore. Now, in his working life, he is a Learning & Adventure Manager at The Outward Bound Trust, which is an outdoor educational charity focused on learning through adventure. Since leaving the Scouts as a young person, Joe has continued his involvement in the organisation by joining an expedition to Peru in 2010 and co-leading an expedition to Nepal in 2013.

Joe is achieving fantastic things.  He is clearly a brave and determined individual, and we are so pleased to see where his efforts are taking him.  Aldermore prides itself in supporting go-getting entrepreneurs across the UK, and many of them have the strength of character and resilience Joe is showing.  We wish Joe well as he completes his marathon journey in future weeks.

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