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From 22.10.2011 - Status: postponed

Two teams with tourists on a difficult itinerary

Two teams with tourists on a difficult itinerary

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We usually do not follow commercial expeditions. But this year we will. At least for one adventure. Two teams guided by two professionnal polar guides and ready to give their impressions afterwards.

These two groups are under the responsability of TO Adventure Network International (ANI). ANI was the first TO to cover Antarctica and to think of developping polar tourism.

It has pioneered private flights to Antarctica in 1985 with an ascent of Mount Vinson. They have specialized in guided climbs, ski expeditions and other adventures in the interior of Antarctica. ANI team is the most experienced in the business. Their itineraries are backed by solid logistics and care for the environment to bring you the very best of the icy continent.

These two groupes will be guided by famous polar explorers Hannah McKeand -who has hold the world record for skiing from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole in 2006, a 690 mile journey she completed in just 39 days, 9 hours and 33 minutes. Norwegian explorer Christian Eide has just beaten her record last spri!ng : he did it in 24 days, 1 hour, 13 minutes. She next hopes to become the first ever woman to ski solo to the North Pole.

The other guide is ANI guide Charlie Patton ; on the 16 May 2000, Charlie became the first Scotsman and half of the first ever British team to ski unsupported from Canada to the Geographic NP. Over this 10 week expedition, and subsequently through regularly guiding on the Arctic Ocean, Charlie has become an extremely able guide in some of the toughest conditions on Earth, with a deep knowledge of sea ice and arctic expedition travel.

At the end of this expedition, we hope to be able to interview the tourists who have been part of this commercial adventure.

 

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