Polar Vision: They Made It!–Alumni Reach the South Pole

After 39 days on the ice, the Polar Vision team reached the South Pole on Jan. 3, 2012.

The team’s arrival means that alumnus Alan Lock, MBA 11, is the first visually impaired person to have made this trek of more than 500 miles from the coast of Antarctica to the Pole. He was joined by Haas classmate Andrew Jensen, MBA 11, and Tuck MBA student Richard Smith. The endeavor also raised awareness and funds for sight charities.

The team reports having favorable weather on their final day, but faced one last challenge as Jensen’s bindings gave way mid-day. The team redistributed the weight he was carrying and marched on. Immediate plans upon completion called for picture-taking followed by a cup of tea and a warm meal.

The team took time in their finish-line blog post to thank sponsors and supporters, including students, staff, and alumni at Berkeley-Haas. They raised some $25K for sight charities—much of it through IndieGoGo, a crowd-funding platform co-founded by Danae Ringelmann and Eric Schell, both MBA 08.

In a blog post the night before the final trek, Lock reported an overriding sense of relief–relief that all of the elements of the expedition came together to result in success, but added that “Along with the relief, there is a sense of humility. Having the opportunity to be here, in such a special place with the knowledge that this challenge is of our own choosing – and how people supported by Sightsavers and Guide Dogs have a far greater challenge than skiing to the South Pole.”

Congratulations, Polar Vision!

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