In mid-November 2004 the Invesco Perpetual Challenge team (Patrick Woodhead, Alastair Vere Nicoll, David de Rothschild and Paul Landry) set off to cross Antarctica on skis (and without dogs).  They started from the Ross Ice shelf in the east, man-hauling their "pulks" (sleds) up the Trans-Antarctic Mountains via the treacherous Axel Heiberg glacier (last climbed by Roald Amundsen in 1911), across to the South Pole. They  reached the South Pole on December 22nd, having covered 400 miles from the Ross Ice Shelf in the record time of 37 days.  After a couple of days at the Pole they set off for the opposite coast more than 600 miles away. Still dragging their heavy sleds, they covered about 200 miles by January 1st, thanks to their high-tech kites. Despite very variable weather, they continued to increase their speed whenever conditions allowed, and kite-surfed an amazing 147 miles in the last 24 hours. They finally reached the coast at 10pm GMT on Wednesday 12th January 2005, having covered more than 600 miles from the Pole in 21 days.  As well as entering the record books, the ski team raised more than £15,000 for The Alex Roberts-Miller Foundation.  As a close friend of Alastair Vere Nicoll, Alex had been one of the inspirations behind this trans-antarctic venture.  The trustees would like to congratulate all the team members on their exceptional achievement, and thank them - and all who donated so generously - for their huge contribution to the Foundation.


                   Click here for details of Alastair’s book about the journey.

 

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