The British Scout who plans to ski Antarctica - to the South Pole… and back
A BackStage Story by the Scout Donation Platform
Joe Doherty wants to become the first Scout in the world to ski to the South Pole and back.
The British Outward Bound
In this month’s BackStage Story, he tells us more about why he decided to take on the challenge, his advice for anyone looking to overcome their own “South Pole” and how Scouting has helped him succeed in life.
Tell us a bit about yourself.
I currently work as
Why did you join the Scouts?
I joined Scouts not out of my own choice actually! I was very introverted as a kid and my parents wanted to help my confidence. Rather reluctantly I joined my local Scout group. Little did I know it would change my life forever! The Scout group I joined allowed me to be me, which was something I had not experienced anywhere else. Within months my confidence had grown so much I started doing things I never thought I could do. This was not just camping or going on expeditions, but also talking to people I didn’t know, going to meetings with other Scouts and even standing up in front of large groups of people and speaking.
Where did the idea of skiing 1900
When I got into my early teens I heard of an opportunity to go to Peru for six weeks with a County Scout group. I jumped at the chance and after a selection
How have you been preparing yourself for the challenge?
Your body will give up way before your mind, has always been at the heart of how I have prepared for this challenge. I have trained in Scotland during the winter, skied in the French, Swiss and Austrian
How has being a Scout prepared you for this challenge?
Being a Scout has made me work hard and not allow setbacks to crush my motivation. It’s given me the resilience to keep going with this challenge. It has also taught me to ask for support and be prepared to give back as much as possible to those who support me. But the biggest thing Scouting has given me is the belief that this is possible; no one has said it can’t be done or don’t even try. It has always been if you work hard enough it will happen. Without
What are the obstacles you are facing right now?
Trying to find the last of the £20,000 to complete the final part of the expedition. I have fundraised and had generous donations from Outward Bound to raise a total of £50,000. Without their
What do you expect to be the biggest challenges during the expedition?
My body will take a battering, I need to put on 10 kg of extra weight to deal with the cold and the sheer
What would it mean for you to finish this odyssey?
Everything. I have worked on this for more than six years and I want to show the world what Scouting and Outward Bound have done for me and so many people across the globe. I want to make everyone who has supported me proud.
Is there any adventurer or explorer who inspires you? Why?
The guys from HSX who made it to the summit of Mt Everest in 2007. They showed me that they were just ‘normal’ people and that anyone can achieve anything when they put their mind to it.
What advice would you give to anyone out
Do it. Don’t let anything hold you back. When it gets tough
Can you send an invitation to the people out there to donate to your campaign?
Scouts across the world, let’s do something together to put Scouting on the map globally and showcase how we can work together to support one another.