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.

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.


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