Adventurer Mike Dann is on his way to join another daring challenge in Iceland.
The Longwood man will fly north on Friday with the rest of the 4People6Legs team to try and cross the daunting Vatnajokul glacier - by snowkite.
It is the second time the team have mounted the expedition but the first, in April 2014, had to be halted when one of the team fell ill.
They had to abort the fundraising trek across Europe’s largest icecap.
Now Mike, 37, Paralympian ski champion Sean Rose, 44, Kieron Jansch, also 44, and Max Smith, 51, are again attempting to snow-kite 185 miles across the Vatnajökull glacier.
They are hoping to raise thousands of pounds for the Wings W of Life Spinal Cord Research Foundation.
Last time around, the team was three days in and a third of the way across when former soldier Sean - paralysed from the waist down - was struck with a bladder infection.
Property developer Mike, is now optimistic this year’s attempt will succeed.
The team have been training hard both in the UK and on a frozen lake in Norway.
“We fly to Iceland on Friday and then on to the glacier by Saturday afternoon.
“The challenge could take us anything from four days to 10 days: it is entirely dependent on the weather.
“If the wind is in the right direction and the right strength, we could be able to kite for up to eight or 10 hours a day. But if it’s not blowing, or it’s too strong, or in the wrong direction, we’ll just have to wait it out.
“On a good day we could cover 100km but you can never know about the weather.
“The worst of the winter is over but we could be kiting in temperatures of minus 5
° and at some points it could drop down as low as minus 40°.
“There is always a risk in crossing a glacier but this is well-mapped and we plan to stick to a route that takes us clear of any crevasses or ravines.”
Talks started back in 2011 about crossing the Vatnajokul by snowkite. The project evolved over the years and started to take shape.
Equipment was the major challenge, prototyping, designing, testing a piece of equipment that would allow a wheelchair user to independently snowkite and become an integral part of the team.
Follow the team’s progress on http://seanyrose.wix.com/4people6legs