In November 2016 a six man team from the British Army Reserves will be
dropped by ski plane on the coastline of Antarctica. From there they will
attempt to ski over 1,100 miles unsupported across the polar continent to
the Geographic South Pole. Once at the Pole the team will receive a re-supply of rations and fuel and continue onwards over
the Titan Dome, down the Shackleton Glacier and onto the Ross Ice Shelf to
complete a full traverse of Antarctica. A feat achieved by only 6 people so far.
Each man will be hauling an individual pulk
weighing approx 160kg which will contain everything he needs to survive
for 3 months on the ice pack. The team will be completely self sufficient
and do not intend to receive any form of resupply or outside assistance until they reach the Pole.
The team expect to arrive at the Pole by the end of December or early
January and complete the full traverse by the end of January.
The team will face many challenges along the way including the harsh
polar weather, crevasses, whiteout conditions, a climb from sea level
to 10,000ft, isolation from the outside world and the constant mental
and physical battle of manhauling their pulks across the ice. It will
take every ounce of their strength and determination to reach their goal.
Antarctica is the coldest (-93°C), windiest and most inhospitable
place on the planet but also one of the most beautiful and rewarding
places to travel in.
As a consequence of the expedition the team hope to raise £100,000 for
the ABF The Soldiers' Charity, helping those service personnel that
require it most.