Sometimes, life throws up challenges that prompt us to rise to them and renew our passion and appreciation for life. Such is the situation that confronted my friend, Chris Eglin, in 2008.
As an experienced Systems Analyst/Developer, specialising in 'stress' testing complex systems, Chris has worked on numerous extended projects in many industries, including Investment Banking and e-trading. His work has taken him to locations around the world, most recently, Boston, Santiago and San Francisco. In 2008, Chris was on a project in Stuttgart, when he was senselessly attacked on the street by a knife-wielding mad man for no apparent reason. As he said, 'there is no template for recovery from something like that' but for more of what Chris did in response to his near fatal encounter, see: http://www.justgiving.com/Spitalfields-Crypt-Trust
On Sunday, Chris leaves London on an awesome 10-day Expedition to the North Pole to complete his response that will test his physical and mental endurance to the core. He will raise money for charity in the process, on a trip that will take him by air to Oslo and then by air to Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen (Svalbard), before travelling by helicopter to Barneo Ice Camp: http://www.icetrek.com/?id=937 from where his 4-man team's 110 km trek to the farthest point north will commence.
"You could be a part of this epic adventure by making a small donation to the SCT Charity that will be the main beneficiary of Chris' efforts, for which he has been training for the past seven months, the last three of which have been intensive endurance training with weights":