South Pole on Foot
All the Way and Ski the Last Degree
Of the ample adventures to choose from in this world, there are very few which appeal to the spirit more than an opportunity to traverse the Antarctic continent. One of the ultimate adventures in Antarctica has to be the 1200 km trek on skis, from the edge of the continent to the South Pole.
The group will assemble in Punta Arenas in Chile and fly by Ilyushin aircraft, operated by ALE, to their base at Union Glacier, a six hour flight. From Union Glacier we will be shuttled to Hercules Inlet at the continent's edge to begin our trek.
We anticipate the expedition to require two months, travelling totally non-mechanised, where all members will haul sledges with sufficient provisions to last the duration of the expedition. When we finally arrive at the South Pole ALE will fly us back to Union Glacier then onto Punta Arenas.
This expedition is open to all outdoors people with experience in cold conditions and a strong background in climbing or back country skiing, coupled with an ability to be a valuable team member.
GPS navigation equipment will help us plot our course and emergency locator beacon will be carried to provide security in event of mishap, where we can provide aircraft evacuation if necessary.
2014/15 Dates: November 19, 2014 - January 25, 2015
Duration: 60 days
Departure: ex Punta Arenas, Chile
** SKI THE LAST DEGREE, experience skiing to the South Pole on a much shorter expedition! Spend 9-10 days sled hauling on the polar plateau and reach the pole. See our Ski the Last Degree page for more details.
Dates: December 15 - 30, 2013 & 2014
January 2 - 17, 2014
You can view the South Pole Trip Notes online or download a pdf using the below links:
** We offer Polar Training Courses in New Zealand to introduce you to the skills and techniques you’ll need to prepare for a polar expedition.