The Historic Journey: A Jamaican’s Trek to Antarctica.

2 whole days in the air to New Zealand! I almost did not reach. I was scheduled to switch planes in Syndey, Australia. Australia requires Jamaicans to have a transit visa. I ended up having to change my flight schedule –so that I flew straight to New Zealand from Los Angeles. Because of this same visa issue, my Ghanaian teammate missed New Zealand training completely.


Back to New Zealand – I had noticed some snow-covered mountains from the airplane.

That was where I was going – to Mount Cook, the highest mountain peak in New Zealand’s South Island at 12,320 feet. We drove from the airport through beautiful grassland to snow-covered terrain – amazing. We were to camp out above a town called Wanaka for the next week!


I was glad to see my teammates who feel more like sisters, despite our obvious differences! I went straight to the Singaporean Sophia – who we all call ‘Mommy’ – for good food. She is a kickboxing instructor with 3 children. Tent teams were chosen. I am in the tent with the Kiwi (New Zealander) – Charmaine (aka Chief), the British reserve – Helen; and the Indian – Reena. The other tent team was the British captain, Felicity; the Bruneian Era – the epitome of tallawah; ‘Mommy’; and the Cypriot Steph – who I share music with. I have already started 3 play lists – “On The Ice”, “Positive”, and “Dance Party”. So far, G-Whizz’s ”Life “and Shaggy’s “Strength of a Woman” are our top choices.

We spent the week in New Zealand skiing and pulling about 160lbs behind us. That was excruciatingly hard on an icy morning. The music of choice then was an old one “This is Why I Am Hot” by Mims with Junior Reid and Cham – only the Jamaican remix for me! Nevertheless, by day 3 , I actually felt stronger. My muscles had gotten used to the weight! Fingers crossed for Antarctica! More on the return home for the final training period when you check back here on November 2. You can follow my story at

Contributions to Kim-Marie’s expedition can be made at Jamaica National account no. 10870166. Also provide feedback at or the South-Pole Trod Facebook Page

1 New Zealand is mainly composed of the North and South Island.

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6 Responses to “The Historic Journey: A Jamaican’s Trek to Antarctica.”

  1. real woman says:

    very short coverage on this trip.

  2. Kim-Marie says:

    Sorry about that – word limit issues! However, imagine 9-hour days of skiing and pulling in a serene white and icy landscape – that was our training trip in a nutshell!

  3. Simone says:

    Kim-Marie, I learnt of your expedition while listenning to ‘Running Africa’ last Sunday morning. Happy to see your blog in so early. My students and I want to follow your trek more closely. Will you be skyping also? Please let us know so that we can connect via skype. All the best and we will continue to pray for you and the others.

  4. Tyrone says:

    yeah I wished more media was carrying features on this.

  5. Taitu says:

    Hi Kim-Marie! Glad to hear that you are well. We miss you already. Stay strong, mad and motivated. Much love, light and blessings

  6. Corine LaFont says:

    Hey Kim

    You go girl.. I am sooo proud of you! You are truly representing! Don’t worry about the locks.. although in the movie cool runnings, the Jamaican guy’s locks did break off.. but don’t worry, yours wouldn’t.. I hope (laugh).

    I am going to be following you and you have my fullest support. You will show that guy who had the gall to ask if you knew that Antartica was cold, that you’re Jamaican and will bring home that trophy and everything else to go with it that he will swallow those words on ice!

    Lots of love and prayers


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