In November 2008 we are leaving for a 2-man expedition to the Geographic South Pole, starting at the edge of the Antarctic continent. The expedition will have no resupplies and we will be self sufficient, dragging 120kg pulks over the ice and sastrugi, in one of the harshest environments on the planet.

The journey will cover 1,200 km from the starting point at Hercules Inlet,~ 80S and will be uphill and into the wind the whole way to the pole. The principal hazards will be the harsh environment, with katabatic winds and sub zero temperatures and falling into vast crevasses.

We aim to raise funds for the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust which looks after the historic sites in Antarctica, and particularly the conservation programme to preserve captain Scott's Hut from his ill fated Terra Nova expedition.

Wednesday, 29 October 2008

Almost away/ farewell evening

We cannot believe we depart the UK on Friday for our massive adventure! We fly to Punta Arenas on the southern tip of Chile and then (after sorting our equipment) onto Antarctica - anticipated 8th Nov. We are then dropped off on the ice to begin the expedition. We feel well prepared and have been so busy recently thta we will almost be glad to get stuck into it!

On Thursday last week we held a drinks reception for sponsors at Buck's Club, London. It was well attended with 92 guests and our presentations were well received - thanks to all those who donated to the Campaign to Save Scott's Hut. Thanks to the Tonkinson family for supporting this event.

Thanks again to all those who have helped us get to the position we are in now: the sponsors, donors, polar advisors, suppliers, family and friends.

Tuesday, 14 October 2008

Air freight away

The last few weeks have been very hectic, sorting out final bits of equipment and packing our freight. We finalised this last Tuesday and it is now on its way to Punta Arenas, at the Southern tip of Chile. When we arrive in Punta Arenas, on 1st November, it should be there, and we will have a week to repack and reduce weight/size/packaging , as well as making any repairs.

Getting the freight away is certainly a large weight off our shoulders...we just have to get down there now!

In between the logistical work, we have been training hard and getting very fit. Pulling tyres now seems very natural (or as natural as it can be) and training will now be tapered down to ensure we have 110% energy and are injury free for our massive adventure.