Former Petworth lad takes on Siberian challenge

Ashley Baldwin undergoes ice break training in Norway in preparation for the Siberian challenge . He was taught how to get out of the ice should he fall through
Ashley Baldwin undergoes ice break training in Norway in preparation for the Siberian challenge . He was taught how to get out of the ice should he fall through

He has never done any long-distance walking in his life and can’t read a map, but 43-year-old Ashley Baldwin is about to take on a gruelling solo 380-mile race across a frozen Siberian lake.

Ashley, who was brought up in Petworth where his father Larry Harwood still lives, will be trekking some 30 miles a day in temperatures as low as minus 40 degrees centigrade and winds of over 100 mph.

He will be pulling everything he needs for the 14-day race on a sledge, and his only link with the outside world will be a satellite telephone.

“I am having emergency map reading lessons before I leave next Thursday, because I can’t read maps and there is no guarantee our satellite navigation will work in those freezing temperatures,” said Ashley.

Full story see Midhurst and Petworth Observer, March 8