Inspiring Alaskan expedition proves trip of a lifetime

A former St Andrews University student has just had the expedition of a lifetime, proving an inspiration to others in the process.

Christine Meerman-Cooper (33) trekked for 12 days in sub-zero temperatures, crossing 120 miles of tundra in the Alaskan National Wildlife Refuge, with a sled dog team of Alaskan Malamutes.

Christine Meerman Cooper

Christine Meerman Cooper

“It was amazing,” Christine said afterwards. “It is the hardest thing I have ever done but it was worth all the obstacles and training.”

Her greatest hardship was the lack of hot water.

“The only water we had was what snow we melted in our little pots on our stoves,” she said.

A typical day involved being wakened by the ‘alarm clock’ of all 22 dogs howling in unison at 5am.

Christine admitted she had been nervous and afraid before she went but loved every minute.

She was sponsored by E-Lites as part of its ‘Believe You Can’ campaign and was raising money for Malamute Matters, of which she is a trustee, and Friends of OSCAR. Urging others to follow their dreams, Christine said: “I say go for it, there’s nothing to lose by trying and failure is nothing to be embarrassed by.”