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Christina Franco

Christina Franco

Neways Polar Team

HOME:  London, UK
AGE:  38
HEIGHT:  168cm (5'6")
WEIGHT:  56kg (123 lbs)
PROFESSION:  Photographer and Trekking Guide
INTERESTS:  Cooking, Travel, Art, Africa
PRIOR ARCTIC EXPERIENCE:  Snowboarding in Lapland
PRIOR EXPEDITION EXPERIENCE:  Marathon des Sables, Mt Kilimanjaro, Trekking in Bhutan, Scouting in Africa
PREVIOUS COLDEST PLACE:  Downtown Nome, Alaska
REASON FOR ENTERING RACE:  To sleep in one of the last remaining wildernesses, and for the challenge of pushing myself to an extreme


I grew up between New York and Rome: inspired by these two worlds, I now have a passion for food, art and travel. Growing up, my father would return from the Orient with magical tales and my mother read to me from the books of Shackleton and Burton. I was marched along with my brother and sister up the pre-alpine hills of Piedmonte in the summers, the berries we picked turned into the preserves that made the winters pass with joy. It was inevitable that I would grow up wanting to explore other lands and foods.

At NYU in the United States and later at Rhodes University in South Africa I found two wonderful professors who helped me turn my adventures into photographs. I have made London my home although I leave it often to guide in Italy and photograph in Africa.

Going to the North Pole will be a celebration of all that is special to me while providing a supreme challenge.


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