Polar Preet: British Army officer begins solo trek to Antarctica

Captain Harpreet Chandi, has begun her attempt to become the first woman of colour to cross the Antarctic unsupported.

She is on her way to Union Glacier (to the ALE base) where her start point is a 30min flight away, Hercules Inlet.

Joining the Regular Army at 27, Capt Chandi is based in the North West of England as a Clinical Training Officer  responsible for organising and training medics in the Army.

Set to take 45 days, Capt Chandi will pull a sled with all her kit, while battling temperatures of -50C and wind speeds of up to 60mph.