Rosie is an immensely experienced polar veteran, with four major expeditions to her name. In 1996/97 Rosie was part of the first all-women relay team to the North Pole. In 2007, she got significantly farther than any previous attempts by women to reach the North Pole solo, trekking alone for 84 days over the surface of the frozen Arctic Ocean before being airlifted from the ice just 89 nautical miles short of the North Pole. She was part of a team expedition to the South Pole in 1999/2000 and had already broken previous years’ records when in 2003/4 she walked solo to the South Pole in just 43 days. Her experience, knowledge of the Arctic Ocean sea ice, and physical and mental strength have enabled her to plan an expedition that gives her the greatest chance of success.
Rosie is at the peak of her mental and physical condition. She has the strength, experience and hunger to achieve this record that was so nearly in her grasp in 2007. She has completed her analysis of the requirements for success, knowing that her tactics must adapt with the changing environment. Owing to deteriorating ice conditions on the Arctic Ocean, the opportunities to achieve the first woman’s North Pole solo are becoming more remote as each year passes.