Published on 02.12.2007 - Sub-Zero Antarctic Expedition
The Sub-Zero expedition was also aboard ALE's second Ilyushin flight from Punta to Patriot Hills, which dropped the adventurers off in Antarctica on 29th November.
For a number of years now, it has become a custom for all expeditions setting out on a trek in the Arctic or Antarctic to highlight a humanitarian cause or other specific project in order to make the general public aware of why they are going. Either they gain direct sponsorship from a charitable organisation in the hope that the venture will boost the organisation's notoriety, or they select a particular cause to talk about in their blog or as part of their press releases.
The Sub-Zero expedition has chosen the second option. In fact, Todd and Jason have decided to draw the public's attention to three major causes. Meningitis and the work carried out by the MeningitisTrust for Jason, the Echoes Foundation (which looks after children in Uganda) and the Orangutan Foundation International, (which raises public awareness on the fact that these extraordinary primates are likely to be extinct very soon if nothing is done to prevent it).
As has been the case with the Optical Express expedition, Todd and Jason have profited from the period of fine weather which has been favouring this part of Antarctica over the past few days. They have covered 53.4 nautical miles in four days, or 98.8 kilometres.