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All The Way - South Geographic Pole

To make the entire 1,100 km journey from Antarctica’s coast to the South Geographic Pole is to undertake one of the ultimate polar challenges.

The route rises almost from sea level at Hercules Inlet to 2,750m/9,000ft over glacier, ice cap and mountain passes; and with few crevasses, mostly unroped travel is possible. Traveling mainly over snow, with occasional ice and rock, there is no plant or animal life here. Head winds of 15-30 kph prevail and temperatures range from -10 to -30°C though conditions feel much warmer in the 24 hour sunlight.

The expedition team looks to reach the Pole over 60 days, which includes an allowance for storm bound days in tents. Sledge weights at the start of each leg between resupply points will be 65-90kg, subject to the number of resupplies scheduled.

The weights, in combination with the daily distances to be covered and sheer duration of the expedition, dictate that participants need to be exceptionally fit - and prepared to accept the normal physical and mental stresses and strains of meeting such a challenge.

To date, such a major endeavour has been almost the exclusive realm of established polar explorers.

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