Dispatches From the South Pole, Entry 6: Not Alone

Posted by: Geoff Gloeckler on December 19, 2011

The Polar Vision team has been moving towards the the South Pole for three weeks now, covering a distance of about 330 miles. Here’s the latest update, this time from Richard Smith.

Walking in Antarctica, you feel on your own, lonely. The sound of the wind, the swoosh of your skis, one foot in front of the other, it’s just you and your thoughts. The wind hits into your face so you look away and you are feeling is your breath freezing in your mask. Walking in the South Pole can seem like one of the most solitary and independent things you can do. Except it’s not. It’s one of the most collaborative things I have ever been a part of.

Most immediately I have my team around me, Alan and Andrew, with whom I share my thoughts, ideas, best practices, and occasionally, my frustrations. I have our guide Hannah sharing her experience to ensure I don’t do anything too stupid and most importantly ensures I am approximately heading in the right direction.

We have our generous team of sponsors. Without their belief and support in our ideas none of this could have happened.

We have our business schools, Tuck and Haas. They were behind us with encouragement and resources to plan and execute a plan of this scale. Our classmates, faculty, and staff in the formative stages of Polar Vision, encouraged us not to give up on our ideas. They picked us up after our setbacks and encouraged us through their own inspirational acts of entrepreneurship.

I have the backing of my employer, Bain and Company, who has given me the time and support to do this. I am grateful that I work for an employer that values community work so highly.

We have our charities Sightsavers and Guide Dogs for the Blind whose excellent work gives purpose to the fundraising of Polar Vision.

Most importantly we all have our teams of supporters back home, from friends, family and loved ones to those that have recently discovered the polar vision story. Your support, messages, questions and donations to polar vision mean so much to the team.

So really it’s not a solitary venture at all, you are all with us as part of this journey.

Every step.

In late September we introduced you to team Polar Vision, Alan Lock, Richard Smith, and Andrew Jensen, three recent MBA grads who are trekking to the South Pole to raise awareness for visual impairment. While on their journey, the team will be filing periodic blog posts. This is their sixth post.

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