Twenty-nine year old Dwayne Fields of East London will be the second black man to reach the North Pole. The Jamaican-born explorer walked to the North Pole on his journey and will soon travel to the South Pole. He’s overcome tough odds – not on his travels – but right in his crime-filled neighborhood of Hackney. He’s been shot at twice, but the gunman missed him completely.
Fields is currently studying a combined honors degree in psychology and Third World studies. In 2010, he won seventh place in the Chara challenge through Dartmoor. He completed the Three Peaks Challenge in 23 hrs 34 min.
He carries a mission to help inner city youth build identities outside of their surroundings. As an explorer, he has to work in teams, thus building his ability to work with others. He hopes that these types of examples will encourage teens to strive for higher goals.
Fields’ trip to the South Pole will include a 58-day exploration and cover 1,250 kilometers.