The South Pole Jubilee Expedition

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From 31.10.2011 - Status: success

From the Ross iceshelf to Hercules Inlet Hills passing by the South Pole

From the Ross iceshelf to Hercules Inlet Hills passing by the South Pole

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The South Pole Jubilee Expedition will follow Amundsen’s route to the Pole (starting at the bottom of the Axel Heiberg glacier), arriving exactly 100 years later on the 14th December 2011.

This adventure is divided into two legs : the first one will start at the bottom of the Axel Heiberg Glacier (the route Roald Amundsne has followed in 1911), the adventurers will pass all the famous waypoints from 1911, and they'll climb Peak Nansen (4 070m) before heading onto the plateau and make their way towards the South Pole.

The aim is to be there on the 14th.This manhauling distance is 530 km unsupported.

After, team is going to kite ski 1 140 km also unsupported until they arrive at Hercules Inlet, Ronne Ice Shelf. They should be on the ice for approximately 55 days.

Team is made up of ten people : 6 Norwegiens among whom Christian Eide, 2 Russians, 1 South African and 1 British, Rory O'Connor. The latest is a medical doctor who has over-wintered in Antarctica, crossed the Greenland Icecap and enjoyed many Norwegian expeditions. He took part in the BBC series “Blizzard - Race to the Pole”, a 97 day expedition which used original equipment, clothing and food to explore the challenges faced by Captain Scott while racing Amundsen to the South Pole.

 

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