In May 1998 Peter Bland fulfilled his lifetime ambition, becoming the first Australian ever to walk to the North Magnetic Pole, and part of a select group to have visited both the North and South Magnetic poles. What makes Peter even more exceptional is that he has twice undergone major heart surgery. Despite these obvious setbacks, Peter's determination and vision enabled him to overcome the odds and reach the North Pole while raising funds for the National Heart Foundation.
Peter faced his perhaps biggest challenge in January 2001. Peter and fellow adventurer Jay Watson were attempting a world-first unsupported crossing of the Antarctic Peninsula when catastrophe struck. Taken by an avalanche, and plunged 40 metres down a crevasse, Peter suffered a fractured skull and severe brain trauma. Jay, a friend since boarding-school, kept him alive for three days deep within the crevasse until help arrived.
Peter draws upon a lifetime of challenging the odds and surviving.
Peter Bland travels from Victoria Australia
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University of Queensland
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