M'sian trio heads off to conquer North Pole

FAIRUZ MOHD SHAHAR


SEPANG: Three explorers from the Malaysian 7 Continents Exploration Club (KE7B) departed to Oslo, Norway today to embark on their KE7B North Pole Expedition 2017.

The trio – Muhammad Muqharabbin Mokhtarrudin, Muhammad Irwan Yusuf Abdullah and Shahrom Abdullah – will undergo a Ski Last Degree exploration, which is a 111km trail that will last about 11 days, starting from the Barneo station.

They will be based in Lonyearbyen, Svalbard Island for a week to make preparations.

The expedition will be joined by support teams of 16 members at Longyearbyen, led by KE7B adviser Datuk Akmar Hisham Mohd Yusof, to help with the preparations.

Akmar said the explorers will undergo a process of adjustment at Lonyearbyen on April 6.

“They will go through a series of training in Longyearbyen to adjust themselves as the temperature there is almost the same with North Pole, which is between -10 and -20 degree Celcius.

“We hope the training will help the explorers to complete their North Pole expedition within the stipulated period. We also pray that the weather will be on their side,” he told reporters at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport’s departure hall, here.

Muqharabbin, 35, who is also KE7B president said the team was ready to overcome any challenges.

“This will be the most challenging journey for us as we have to deal with the cold weather and icy surface that moves constantly.

“We are grateful to have a very supportive family. They understand our passion and love for adventures.

“We will do our best to make Malaysia proud,” he said.

Irwan, 37, is an extreme sports athlete who completed the Crossing Greenland Expedition in 2014.

The Sarawak-born adventurer said he would use his experience in Greenland to prepare himself for the North Pole expedition.

As for 37-year-old Shahrom, he is a national duathlon and triathlon athlete, who completed the South Pole expedition in 2015.

On March 10, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said young Malaysians should be inspired by the trio’s fighting spirit and inner strength to face any challenges.