How far will the journey be?
The full expedition will be approx 1,310 miles. That’s the equivalent distance from London to St Peterburg or twice the length of the UK.
How will you prepare and train?
The team has linked up with Surrey University to get them in the best physical and mental shape for this expedition. They have been out training on the glaciers of Norway and Iceland, practicing travelling as a team with kites and living on the ice.
When will the expedition take place?
The Antarctic summer season is the only safe time for the expedition to take place and this lasts from the very end of October to early February. During this time the team will be in 24hour daylight which will keep temperatures around a barmy -30degrees at the Pole
What will the conditions be like?
Antarctica holds the records for the windiest, coldest and driest weather on the planet! The team will be starting at sea level climbing to an altitude of 3,000m while crossing the vast and lifeless Antarctic ice plateau. Challenges will include dangerous crevasses and severe risk of frostbite, with winds of up to 80mph and temperatures between-20°C and -50°C.
How long will the journey take?
The team will be skiing to the Pole hoping to average 16 Miles a day for 40 days. On the return leg to the Coast the team plan to use kites to speed up their travel, in place of Husky dogs used 100 years ago. They expect to take up to 20 days to kite back from the Pole covering 40 miles a day.