Redditch based soldier Major Sandy Hennis is just days away from completing a three month trek in Antarctica with the Antarctica Ice Maiden team.
The six Ice Maidens, all serving in the British Army or Army Reserve, are aiming to become the first all-female team to use muscle power alone to ski coast-to-coast across Antarctica.
Chosen from 250 applicants, the Ice Maiden team has covered almost 1,700km using muscle-power alone, pulling sledges and battling temperatures of -50°C and wind speeds of over 60mph during their three-month journey.
Unsupported, and with only two resupply points along the route, they have carried all the supplies and equipment needed to survive for up to 600km at a time.
Major Sandy Hennis is a Reservist officer with 37 Signal Regiment based in Redditch and works in an employer support role.
She started her Army career as a radio technician before commissioning back into the Royal Signals. After completing tours of Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan she left the Regular Army to join the Reserves in 2014. Sandy splits her time between leading overseas expeditions, outdoor instruction and team building/leadership development.
She has participated in a number of military and civilian expeditions, climbing and mountaineering in the UK, Spain, the Alps, Nepal, USA, Norway and Peru. She enjoys anything which takes her outdoors and can’t turn down a challenge, which has led to many adventures from traversing the Cuillin Ridge to completing the Devizes to Westminster kayak marathon, and more recently competing in the Original Mountain Marathon (OMM). She is currently studying Spanish and can usually be found living out of her camper van, wandering in the hills with her dog Bracken or riding the local mountain bike trails.
Follow Major Hennis's journey @IceMaidenSandy.
Visit the Antarctica Ice Maiden website for more information.