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Land Rover Magazine Issue 40

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  • Wade
  • Global
  • Programme
  • Podcast
  • Vista
  • Yoonie
  • Dwayne
  • Dubai
  • Defender
  • Rover
In this issue, new Defender is put through its paces by two inspirational young adventurers as they prepare for an expedition to the South Pole. We also celebrate 50 years of Range Rover by taking a journey of discovery to Dubai. As well as looking back, we look to future as a group of visionaries explain the technologies that could change the future for all of us.

We rise above the

We rise above the treeline, greeted by a dazzling blanket of untouched snow Trail blazers Adventurers Dwayne and Phoebe begin their trek towards Casamanya’s summit We really care about climate change, and we both adore wildlife – one cannot live without the other, and Antarctica is so important to both. Our expedition intends to highlight this. We want to do what no other expeditions do – make it about the cause, not the glory.” Driving the Defender is an unparalleled luxury in mountains like these – the tightest switchbacks are deftly despatched; packed snow poses not the slightest threat thanks to its immense off-road capability. You feel secure, completely protected from the elements, whether facing mud, deep water or ice. Here, there is plenty of all of them. Arriving at base camp, the Defender glides through snow half a metre deep and parks up in a silent forest twinkling with frozen dew. Dwayne and Phoebe offload bags of kit from the car’s capacious boot. Backpacks, snow boots, crampons for traction on ice, ice axes, walking poles and gaiters are all extracted and checked before being put to work. “It’s going to be freezing cold in Antarctica, average temperatures of -15°C to -20°C, with constant winds. And we’ll be walking uphill almost 90 per cent of the way, too,” says Dwayne. “I feel like I have a good idea of what to expect. I spent time with a sport psychologist before I first went to the North Pole and learnt a few techniques to help me focus, and equally distract myself.” Phoebe adds: “We’ll be hauling everything we’ll need on a sled to camp with us, but the main thing that people talk about is the boredom. The best training for it so far has been the 40-day walk through Britain. Coping was easy as long as we didn’t take ourselves too seriously and can have a laugh. Achieving that boosted our confidence so we realised we were ready and could cope with whatever is thrown at us in Antarctica.” Andorra’s high-altitude landscape will serve the pair well as preparation for camping in Antarctica. Known for its ski resorts, this tiny country, nestled into the mountainous border between France and Spain, enjoys 90 per cent forest cover and snow-coated peaks every way you look. Casamanya – the peak the pair are due to ascend – is one not to miss. It divides Andorra’s east and west valleys, promising panoramic views of a sensational landscape. Just a few hundred metres below the summit will be Dwayne and Phoebe’s home for the night as they test their resolve against bitter temperatures, exposed to the harshest of the Pyrenees’ elements. On the way up, the trail is hemmed in by dark thickets of black pine, whose indented trunks reveal the presence of woodpeckers, while high above, chiffchaffs dart through the upper tiers of the forest. Snow compacts underfoot with a satisfying crunch as the pair stride forward, alert for fallen branches or debris that might compromise their footing. A steep ravine extends below on the right. Walking poles plunge deeper into snow with every step taken. Eventually, the treeline gives way to a dazzling blanket of untouched snow. The drift here is substantial, and Dwayne at the front trudges through, making deep, scruffy footprints across the pristine stretch. Further ahead, the summit comes into view and, just below it, a cluster of rocks to mark the small spot of level ground the pair have identified 33

 

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Land Rover Magazine showcases stories from around the world that celebrate inner strength and the drive to go Above and Beyond.

In this issue, New Defender is put through its paces by two inspirational young adventurers as they prepare for an expedition to the South Pole. We also celebrate 50 years of Range Rover by taking a journey of discovery to Dubai. As well as looking back, we look to future as a group of visionaries explain the technologies that could change the future for all of us.

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