A student who is hoping to become the youngest person to walk from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole has revealed how he is preparing for his expedition.
Tom Warburton, 20, is planning to cover a distance of nearly 700 miles on foot and skis, from the Hercules Inlet on the northwestern coast of Antarctica to the geographic South Pole.
The solo expedition, in temperatures of -60C, is expected to take him 45 days to complete after starting in November 2020.
The politics and international relations student has already been preparing for months, and revealed how he needs to put on three stone before the expedition.
Tom said his diet now includes a high amount of fish and red meat, along with lots of pasta, rice and chocolate.
Tom Warburton, 20, from Bedfordshire, pictured training while at university in Nottingham, is hoping to become the youngest person to walk from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole
The student, pictured on a recent training trip to Norway, aims to cover a distance of nearly 700 miles on foot and skis that will take him 45 days to complete
He has also been dragging tyres around his local park in Nottingham – to replicate pulling his sled, known as a pulk – and going to the gym to strengthen his back muscles.
This is to help him cope with the large amount of strain that will be put on them throughout the trip.
Tom said: ‘Making sure you get enough calories is essential for survival and getting on with the job in hand. In Antarctica, I’m expected to burn nearly 7,000-10,000 calories a day.’
The student, from Bedfordshire, revealed that he’s always had a strong sense of adventure and loved being outdoors as a youngster.
Tom, pictured practicing how to put up his tent while in Norway last month, said he has always been interested in explorers and used to pretend to be one as a child
Food is an important part of the expedition and Tom is expected to burn nearly 7000-10,000 calories a day while in Antartica. He is pictured cooking while in Norway
Tom said: ‘I was always running around forests as a child and loved playing explorer.
‘I had always been particularly fascinated by Antarctica and the polar explorers from Scott to Larsen.
‘Antarctica is the last true frontier. To be able to challenge myself in this arduous territory, and raise awareness of the environment and the ways we can help protect it for future generations, is a huge privilege.’
Although going for 45 days, Tom cannot take much in his bag and will have to pack only the necessities for his trip.
However he revealed that he will have to take a book with him as it’s the ‘only way I can switch off’, and he will also be packing a Bedfordshire flag.
Tom, pictured, trained near the Hardangerjøulken glacier in January to prepare himself for the harsh conditions he can expect in Antarctica
If Tom succeeds then he will become the youngest person to complete the crossing and take the title from Scott Sears. Tom is pictured facing foggy conditions in Norway
Tom has to expertly pack his kit, some pictured, and revealed that he will definitely take a book to help him switch off
The sentimental flag has been everywhere with Tom and has lots of different signatures on it.
As well as working out at home, Tom has been travelling to Norway to train in the snow and colder conditions.
In January he was training near to the Hardangerjøulken glacier and shared updates on his Instagram account.
In one post he wrote: ‘After a tough night’s sleep, having arrived late in Finse, I set off on an easy day testing the basics of my equipment.
‘I sent off across the Finse lake to gradually build up to more serious stuff later on in my training trip. The weather was calm, with very little wind and some nice sun. I skied for about 6 miles practice for bigger stuff.’
As well as going to the gym, Tom, pictured, has to put on three stone before the 2020 trip
Tom, pictured with a Nottingham University flag in Norway, is raising money for Help the Heroes throughout his preparation and trek
However in other posts Tom revealed that some moments were ‘hard and solitary’ and he had to deal with ‘harsh’ weather conditions.
Tom is hoping to take the current record Scott Sears’ place in the Guinness World Book of Records.
Scott, a lieutenant in the First Battalion Royal Gurkha Rifles and tennis star Andy Murray’s brother-in-law, was 27 when he reached the South Pole solo.
His 702-mile trek ended at the South Pole on Christmas Day in 2017.
Tom’s also raising money for Help the Heroes throughout his preparation and trek.
He said: ‘The Antarctica has a history with the military, with many polar explorers coming from the forces, it felt fitting to raise money for them and their legacy.’