Hamilton is a record-breaking polar explorer and
a successful businesswoman. She is part of the first
all-women team to ski to both the North and South
Poles. Hauling sledges more than her own bodyweight,
she has travelled over 1500 miles through the Arctic
had led two previous expeditions but the journey
to the North Pole in 2002 proved her most demanding
yet. For 81 days she and her team-mates, Ann Daniels
and Pom Oliver, survived appalling polar conditions.
The weather turned against them and they battled
for weeks through fields of giant ice boulders,
enduring exceptionally low temperatures of minus
45-50° Celsius. Their equipment froze solid
and three major storms with winds of 90 mph confined
them to their tent for days at a time.
fierce was the wind at one point that the women
were trapped under a tarpaulin on the open ice for
50 hours without food or heat, as they were buried
alive under drifting snow. They all suffered frostbite.
Caroline could not use her hands for two weeks and
Pom's toes became badly infected. After 47 days
of excruciating pain, she had to be airlifted out
leaving Caroline and Ann to carry on without her.
In a race against time, they managed to cover the
last 330 miles in 30 days.
weather improved and the ice began to melt and break
up around them. Caroline and Ann fell through the
ice many times and, with sections of the route cut
off, they were forced to swim with their sledges
through stretches of sub-zero sea water. Finally,
after giving their all, they reached the North Pole
on June 2nd 2002.
has never failed to reach her goal. Prior to the
North Pole in 2002, she was the leader and driving
force behind two other successful polar expeditions
- the first all-women relay to the North Pole in
1997 and the first British all-women expedition
to the South Pole in 2000.
is much sought after as a speaker and lecturer.
She shares her experiences and insights into human
potential in speeches that are moving, humorous
and inspirational. With spectacular images and stories,
she describes the harshest environment on earth
and tells what it is like to be pushed to your limits,
and how she survived her brutal, life-threatening
journeys. Caroline's story is one of courage and
tenacity, of dealing with rapidly changing circumstances,
focussing on your goal and building supreme trust
in the people around you.
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