SNICKERS SOUTH POLE SOLO – 2003/04
Royal Patron HRH The Prince of Wales
In aid of Special Olympics GB
Rosie skied solo and without resupply to the South Pole. In 2004 Antarctica was still a man’s world and this challenge had only once before been undertaken by a woman, Norwegian Liv Arneson. Rosie, hauling a sledge of 120 kilos, more than twice her body weight for over 1000 km, reached the Pole in 43 days 23 hours – smashing all previous years’ speed records by 7 days.
She travelled through ground storms, hurricane-force winds, temperatures in -40c, serial white-outs (fun for crossing crevasses), and arrived weighing a whisker over 6 stone. “All par for the course”.
During the expedition, Rosie gathered both meteorological and physiological data which has been published as a scientific document on sports performance by Professor Andrew Lane.