Spectre: Trans-Antarctic Expedition
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Bremont Ambassador Leo Houlding is part of a team that are currently on an expedition aiming to utilise modern polar knowledge and techniques that enable low impact, long distance travel at high speed to access and explore a region previously beyond the reach of independent expeditions, the most remote mountains on Earth; the Spectre in the Gothic Range of the Transantarctic Mountains.
A complete, unsupported traverse of the Antarctic continent will then be undertaken assisted by kite. The 3-man international team consists of Bremont Ambassador Leo Houlding (Britain), Jean Burgun (France) and Mark Sedon (New Zealand) all of whom posses the unique skill set, experience and passion required for this extremely ambitious and complex adventure.
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Antarctica will be reached aboard an Antarctic Logistics & Expeditions (ALE) flight from Punta Arenas, Chile to ALE’s logistics base, the Union Glacier Camp in the Ellsworth Mountains on 15th November 2017.
A ski equipped Twin Otter aircraft will fly the team 600 kms South to ALE’s Theill Skiway fuel depot . After refuel the aircraft will fly to a drop off point at 88˚S, 110˚W, 300 kms towards the Gothic Mountains, the aircrafts maximum return payload range.
For the next 69 days the team will be unsupported and self sufficient. A 20-day food & fuel depot for the return journey will be cached at the drop off point. Kites will be used to travel the remaining 350 kms to the Gothic Mountains.
20 days will be spent climbing first ascents and exploring the most remote mountains on Earth. All climbs will be made in Alpine style- no fixing rope, no drill & no bolts will be carried.
The team will then kite 100 kms down the Scott Glacier to the Ross Ice shelf; the edge of the Antarctic continent. The return journey will require man-hauling uphill, into wind for 450 kms towards the South Pole back to their depot at the original drop off point.
Favourable wind patterns can then be harnessed to kite a further 1000 kms to Hercules Inlet on the Ronne Ice shelf on the opposite edge of the continent. If conditions allow the team will attempt to go via the South Pole. A final kite / man-haul journey of 100kms will bring the team back to the Union Glacier Camp returning from Antarctica late January 2018.