Murray to conquer South Pole

The former taipan of Hutch is to walk unaided to the South Pole and will raise funds for a good cause.

Foreign legionnaire, raconteur, taipan, private equity investor, and now polar explorer. Simon Murray, the former taipan of Hutch and current owner of private equity firm, GEMS has always had a taste for adventure. Indeed, a film was recently made about his time in the French foreign legion.

Now the Briton is about to trade the heat of the desert for temperatures of -49 degrees celcius as he walks to the South Pole with explorer Pen Hadow in an unsupported walk. Both men will walk 850 miles, all uphill, to approximately 10,000 feet, and will do so without dogs, para-foil, or mechanical assistance.

The journey will begin on the Antarctic coast and...

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