A WEARSIDE adventurer is hoping to embark on the trip of a lifetime across the Arctic.
Phil Raisbeck, from Ryhope, plans to attempt the gruelling Fjällräven Polar in a bid to raise funds for Cancer Research UK.
Using dog sleds, the IT consultant will follow a 180-mile route from Signaldalen in Norway to Jukkasjärvi in Sweden, crossing the Arctic tundra in temperatures plunging as low at minus 30°C.
However, the 42-year-old first needs to win enough votes in an online poll to secure one of 30 places on the four-day trip next year.
He said: “I’m really into outdoor sports, so I thought I’d give it a go.
“I’ve done treks before, but nothing on this scale and under these conditions.
“It lasts four nights, in freezing temperatures, and you’re given six Huskies to look after.
“They are basically your transport for the trip.
“On the fourth night, you’re left to your own devices and have to build your own shelter and fend for yourself.
“Now all I need is as many people as possible to vote for me.”
Phil is a registered fund-raiser for Cancer Research UK, and has pledged to continue to help the charity.
He added: “I’ve had two family members who have had cancer.Thankfully, their treatment was successful, but it’s an illness that is very close to me.
“I want to help the charity in any way that I can.”
To vote for Phil, visit www.fjallravenpolar.com/polar-2014/show-all-contributions/?uid=88202
Voting for the expedition across the Artic is due to close next Thursday.