RECORD-breaking adventurer Ben Thackwray is set to conquer Greenland – one year after sailing the seas in blistering heat.
The 28-year-old has gone from a steaming 3,000 mile trans-Atlantic trek last January to a sub-zero mission this April.
For Ben, from Yeadon, is set to tackle the second largest ice cap on the planet, where he'll attempt a 370-mile coast to coast crossing, in temperatures as low as -40C in a bid to break records.
Last year the explorer was part of a record-breaking team of five who rowed from Antigua to the Canaries.
Now as a "warm up" to a South Pole expedition in 2010, Ben and friend Ian Couch, will attempt the Greenland crossing in 12 days or less; a trek which normally takes up to 30 days.
He told the YEP: "I feel really good about April, I'm really looking forward to it. We are taking a lot of chances with what we are trying to do. We are going to try and run part of it and we are trying to do it in less than 12 days."
Ben has fitted his training around his job as a credit analyst for a bank in Leeds. His next event is an 80-mile run in Tring on Saturday.
Ben, who is single, says the inspiration for his adventures started as a young boy.
"This is all stuff I've always wanted to do. I don't want to put anything off until tomorrow. I have always wanted to do everything I have started doing. I wanted to buy a house and get a job, then I became financially secure so it was the right time."
And if there's one phrase that keeps Ben going through his travels, it is: "Get stuck in! – it was something my mum used to tell me when I started playing football!" he says.
Next year, Ben hopes to tackle the South Pole and Mount Everest.
"It's one of those things I dreamed of doing as a child. I didn't come from a wealthy background like most people who do these things, so I had to wait a bit."
Ben is doing the Greenland trek with Ian, 39, of Norwich. They met in last year's Trans-Atlantic Row.
"I had always planned to do the Greenland trip but the row came along so I did that. I talked about it and Ian said he wanted to come too."
The Greenland trip – "Endure" – will start at the beginning of April when Ben and Ian will haul food and safety equipment more than 30 miles per day on foot, to cover the 600 km from east to west coast as fast as possible.
For more information go to www.benthackwray.co.uk