The expedition 2017/18.
What is our dream all about?
As you know, we are aiming for one of the Earth’s absolute extremities: The South Pole.
Whatever route, this is one of the hardest goals you can set yourself. Not only is Antarctica the most isolated, highest, coldest and most windswept continent. But with no infrastructure, it means transport, logistics, and safety is exceedingly challenging – and expensive.
An extreme continent
When you on top of this want to do something unique, like following in Roald Amundsen’s historic tracks, the journey becomes impossible for most people.
Amundsen sailed to The Bay of Whales, over wintered, conquered the South Pole and sailed back to safety before the winter storms made the continent inaccessible. These days, only a few scientists stay behind during the winter. Explorers must reach their targets during the short ‘summer’ months down there.
From the beginning of November, through December, and to the end of January, everything have to work together; the weather, the logistics, your body, equipment, the food and all the details and the plans honed to perfection and trained for. You get one chance. There is a lot at stake. What you bring in is what you have available on the trip.
A totally remote area with no acitivty
We want to replicate Amundsen’s start-point. Bay of Whales is so remote that it is not possible for us to fly out as we hoped. It proved impossible. Instead we had to sit down with ALE (the logistic operator in Antarctica) and look at other options.
Together we decided on starting some 750 km away! But, that made the trip even more like the 1911 expedition. Amundsen and his men sailed to Bay of Whales in the epic ‘Fram’ made famous by Fritjof Nansen.
We are now hoping to use the katabatic winds of Antarctica to ski-sail out across the Ross Ice Shelf (about the size of France). At the point of Amundsen’s Base Camp, Framheim, we will turn around and start the next phase of the journey, facing the wind while man hauling our sledges towards the South Pole.
Then back over the Ice Shelf, up the daunting Axel Heiberg Glacier and onto the Polar Plateau, through the infamous Devil ’s Dance-floor, over the Titan Dome at 10.500ft before homing in on reaching the magic 90°South, the Geographical South Pole, after some 80 days and more than 1.200 miles.
The first time a female skis the whole Amundsen route from 1911
If we succeed it will be the first time a female skis the whole Amundsen route from 1911. That would be fantastic, and together with Sivert, we will have written a small piece of Polar History. While at the same time show that there is no goal too big. And that we are all stronger together – whatever gender or background.
We are so happy that you are joining us on this journey both as a supporter and inspirer. We hope you look forward to the adventure ahead.