Tommy aims for supreme Arctic challenge

A Dundalk man with a passion for adventure is looking for support to realise his dream of taking part in one of the world’s toughest challenges.
Tommy McArdle, who has been living in Vancouver for the past year, is in line to be selected to compete in the arduous “Fjallraven Polar’, which consists of a 300km adventure across the Arctic wilderness and in order to take part he needs people to vote for him online.
More than 20 ordinary people, from all around the world, apply to be part of this adventure of a lifetime. They travel from Signaldalen in Norway to Väkkäräjärvi in Sweden, learning from Fjällräven’s team of experts and geared up with Fjällräven’s best winter clothing and equipment. They drive their own dogsleds, take care of their own dogs, prepare all their own food and set up their own camps.
The local man, who attended St Josephs Primary School and the Marist, studied photography at O Fiaich College before working for four years with his uncle Jock McArdle at OutdoorXchange where his interest in the outdoors developed.
He is seeking to take that passion to a new level by becoming the first person from Ireland to take part in the competition, and he explained what it entails.
“More than 200 highly skilled sled dogs will help us make it across the wilderness. It is a test of physical and mental strength along with challenging your skills to make it through the wilderness, as it can fall below -30 degrees at times.
“I have two ways of being in with a chance of going to this life changing experience. One is by public vote and the second is the jury who will hand pick ten lucky applicants and that is why I am asking local people to vote for me by December 12,” explained Tommy.
“It would be very much appreciated if people voted for me as I am currently the only Irish person in the top tier of contenders. With just over a week to go I need all the help I can get and if I do win a place I will be the first Irish person in the history of the event to attend it,” he added.
To vote for Tommy follow the link to his profile on the website and click on the vote button: https://polar.fjallraven.com/contestant/?id=7021

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