VIDEO: Leeds adventurer's Greenland adventure

After months of blood, sweat, tears and training, intrepid adventurer Ben Thackwray is finally ready to tackle Greenland.

On Tuesday the 28-year-old jets out to Iceland for his journey to conquer the second largest ice cap on the planet.

Ben, from Yeadon, will be joined by Ian Couch, 39, in their attempt to cross a 370-mile coast to coast journey, in temperatures as low as -40C in a bid to break records.

From Iceland they fly to Greenland, then go by helicopter to their starting point which cannot be reached by road.

Your YEP is set to track their journey which they hope will take 12 days or less. The trek normally takes up to 30 days.

Ben said: "We are ready to go. We have almost been twiddling our thumbs for the last few weeks trying not to get injured. I feel great and very excited. I am not scared of being out there, I am really looking forward to it and putting ourselves under pressure to break the record."

The duo have secured funding from firms in a bid to realise their mission which cost 10,000 in total.

Ben and Ian, who lives in Norwich and has family in Harrogate, have spent months training and took to the Three Peaks in the Dales last month.

The exercise – viewable on the YEP website – saw them race 25 miles in seven hours.

"It was -15 degrees that weekend so it was great training for us," said Ben. "Our time was pretty slow but we wanted to do it and feel fresh and test the equipment."

They expect to start their Greenland crossing at the end of the week.

Ben said: "At the moment it's -30 degrees. It's nice and cold with not much wind but that can change in an instant so we'll have to wait and see."

Last year explorer Ben was part of a record-breaking team of five who rowed from Antigua to the Canaries.

The Greenland trip is a "warm up" to a South Pole expedition in 2010 – something Ben has always dreamed of.

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