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Star trekker aids Shuttleworth HE studies

Shuttleworth College

Outdoor Education students at Shuttleworth College are working with an Arctic expedition as part of their Higher National Diploma course.

Using data from activity trackers they will be analysing the impact of a 600-mile Yukon ski trek being undertaken by local adventurer Richard Harpham.

Upon his return from the trip, Richard will be visiting the College campus at Old Warden near Biggleswade to talk about the expedition and sharing the data his team collected.

Charlie Whewell, Advanced Practitioner and Lecturer in Sport and Outdoor Adventure, said:

Along with undertaking expeditions of our own, our HE students will be investigating the physiological and psychological impacts of extreme conditions, so Richard’s ‘Ski to the Edge’ challenge fits brilliantly with what we do. In turn he is waving the flag for Shuttleworth as part of his trip.

The Ski to the Edge team of Bedfordshire professional adventurer Richard Harpham, his brother Matthew , a mountain man, and ex-Royal Marine Simon Reed set off on 2nd February to follow in the footsteps of pioneer Alex Van Bibber. Three years after Alex gave the the team his last interview about this life and times, they are now following in his footsteps.

The team are raising money for the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme helping to make it more accessible for vulnerable young people.

Rich and his Canoe Trail team are an approved activity provider for the D of E and Rich presents the Gold Awards at St James Palace to celebrate the achievements of the award recipients. To date the team have raised almost £2,500 for the charity.

You can follow the team live on social media with their tracker, blog and updates via sat phone.

Twitter @myrichadventure

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