The Expedition Team
The Endurance South Pole 100 Expedition team members include the following:
David Hempleman-Adams (Leader)
The Endurance South Pole 100 Expedition:
100 Miles in the 100th Year.
25th November to 19th December 2015.
100 years ago Shackleton’s ship “Endurance” was lost to the ice and the chances of completing the first Trans Antarctic expedition were crushed too. The ensuing epic story of heroism, leadership, survival and eventual rescue is legendary.
One hundred years on, a team, including descendants of some of the original ship’s crew, are commemorating the centenary by organising an expedition.
The aim is to follow some of the route that Shackleton and his team would have passed along in November 1915 had the “Endurance” not become trapped in the ice. More or less exactly 100 years later, the group aim to ski the last 100 nautical miles to the South Pole.
The expedition will be led by a David Hempleman-Adams, the first person in history to reach both the Geographic and Magnetic North and South Poles. He has also climbed the highest peaks on all seven continents. David’s specialist company, Cold Climates, will be handling the logistics of the Polar 100 expedition: http://www.coldclimates.co.uk/
Ski trek 100 nautical miles to the South Pole, at 8,000 ft in temperatures as low as minus 40°C
Pulling all your supplies and equipment by sledge
Spending 20 days on the ice, and 4/5 days travelling, approximately 24 days away
In a group of 8/10 people, including 2 guides
Providing a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience one of the most spectacular places on earth
Unique historical timing in the company of a famous adventurer
The Proposed Itinerary
Departing the UK on the 25th November 2015, we fly to Punta Arenas in Southern Chile, arriving on the 28th November, in readiness to fly on to Antarctica. The next leg though is subject to weather.
Day 1 Fly to Antarctica
Depart Punta Arenas. Fly 4¼ hrs by private cargo jet. Land on an ice runway at Union Glacier Camp.
Day 2 Acclimatize to Antarctica
Based at Union Glacier Camp, become familiar with surroundings and the expedition equipment. Review the expedition logistics with our guides, and prepare for expedition.
Days 3 Fly to the 100 Mile Drop-Off
We fly by light aircraft to the 100 nautical mile point from the South Pole. This is where we truly start our “unfinished journey”. We ski a short distance, or camp at our drop-off point, to further acclimatize.
Days 4-18 Ski 100 miles to the South Pole
Begin trek south. A self-sufficient team ‘man-hauling’ all of our equipment and supplies. Start slowly to acclimatize, gradually increasing our travel-time to about 8 hours a day. The journey is physically demanding. The sledge will weigh approximately 66lb (30kg) and the snow may be sculpted by the wind into steep ridges called “sastrugi”, adding to the challenge. Success is a team effort. The group will travel together and participants will be expected to help set up camp and prepare meals at the end of the day. The Amundsen-Scott research station at the Pole will be visible from about 15 miles (24km) out – looks so close but is a long way off.
Day 18 The South Pole
Complete the final steps to our goal – the Geographic South Pole – and the most southerly point on Planet Earth. Feel the satisfaction of having arrived here through your own effort and reflect on how it might have felt to stand in this place one hundred years ago, with only the sound of the wind and an endless expanse of white stretching northward in all directions.
We set up and find camp to wait for our pick-up by Twin Otter ski aircraft.
Day 19 Return to Union Glacier
The completion of this incredible journey will be the return flight to Union Glacier over the polar plateau. Once back at Union Glacier Camp we will enjoy a celebration dinner and toast our stories/achievements. We will have journeyed overland to the Pole, joining an elite group who have challenged the ‘real Antarctica’ celebrating/paying tribute to the early polar explorers, e.g. Shackelton/Wordie. At camp you can rest and recover from the expedition.
Day 20 Return to Punta Arenas, Chile
Fly back to Punta Arenas. Time to relax and explore a fascinating town.
Day 21 Fly to the UK
Start the journey back to the UK, arriving on 19th December, or, at your own leisure/continue to explore South America.