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Tuesday, 21st February 2012
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Adventurer plans solo Arctic expedition

A Japanese adventurer is aiming to become the country's first person to complete a solo trek to the North Pole.

Yasunaga Ogita is planning to complete the 800km journey from Canada and if he succeeds, will become only the fourth person ever to achieve the mission.

The 34-year-old from Hokkaido will set off in March pulling a sledge loaded with around 100kg of fuel, food and supplies for the expedition, which is expected to take around 50 days, the Mainichi Daily reported.

Since 2000, Ogita has made 11 trips to the Arctic, trekking a total of around 7,000km, including a 700km trip across the Arctic with fellow adventurer Mitsuro Oba.

Ahead of his trip, Ogita told the news provider: "There is only a fine line between adventure and recklessness. Making experiences and building knowledge will lead to adventure."

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the fateful expedition led by Captain Robert Falcon Scott to the Antarctic that claimed the lives of him and his crew.

Written by Susan Ballion