Spirit of Endurance
Crossing Antarctica – for Henry
A solo, unsupported crossing of Antarctica, using muscle power alone – although attempted – has never yet been completed. It is the purest and most challenging form of polar travel. From Shackleton’s Endurance expedition in 1914, right up until last year, successive expeditions have tried to ski across the driest, coldest, most inhospitable place on the planet. For centuries Antarctica remained unexplored and unknown, and only in the last hundred or so years have people discovered the secrets of the last continent. The name of the expedition harks back to the original Shackleton Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition and aims to complete Shackleton’s original plan to traverse the continent on foot.
The extraordinary feat of a full unsupported Antarctic crossing is right at the limits of human endurance – Shackleton faced pack ice which meant he never reached landfall, and his team went through unbelievable hardships to reach safety. Sadly, a more recent attempt by a close friend, Lt Colonel Henry Worsley MBE, Polar Medal, ended tragically. Henry’s wife Joanna is graciously backing what is set to be the final attempt to complete the ultimate journey and pay tribute to the legacy of Henry.
Now the ‘Spirit of Endurance’ expedition is set to finally complete one of the last challenges this continent has laid down. Lou, who has specialised polar experience – who led the award-winning SPEAR17 expedition and who raced to the South Pole with Henry in 2011 – is setting out to traverse 1,500km, alone and without resupply. Carrying 165kg of kit and food supplies, the journey will take over 2 months; using every moment of the short weather window which represents the Antarctic expedition season.
“Through Endurance We Conquer”
Sir Ernest Shackleton CVO OBE FRGS
- When: Nov 18 to Jan 19
- Total Distance: 1,500km
- Duration: 70 days
- Hauling 135kg of food and equipment
- No Resupplies/wind/ vehicle assistance/ outside help
- Avg Temp: -30c
- Calories: 6,000 per day
Expedition Partner Benefits
- Bespoke lecture package to be delivered to employees on leadership, managing risk, project management, team building.
- Attendance at a welcome home reception with the expedition’s patrons.
- Prominent company logos on expedition equipment and clothing.
- Articles for company newsletters and website.
- Mentions in press releases and media appearances.
- Website accreditation.
- Branded photos from the Antarctic and South Pole.
- Personal mention in expedition broadcasts from Antarctica.
For the opportunity to be a part of this ground-breaking world first contact Lou