Antarctic ICE Expedition

Antarctic ICE Expedition

Polar explorers Dixie Dansercoer and Sam Deltour wisely decided recently to stop with their current route of the Antarctic ICE Expedition and re-commence their expedition with a new route.

Widespread and enormously high sastrugi (rigid snow and ice formations) and a strong headwind have made it impossible for Sam and Dixie to use their kite system in order to achieve their planned 60 to 80 kilometers per day in the direction of the South Pole. The size and scope of the sastrugi are a result of immense “super storms” with wind speeds of more than 160 km/hour which pummeled the Queen Maud Land region of Antarctica in the recent barren winter months.

Mission

Honouring the 100th anniversary of the Race to the South Pole between Amundsen and Scott and their incredible perseverance.

Amundsen reached the South Pole on 14 Dec 1911 by dogsled and skis and made the return journey in a total of 99 days and over a distance of 2993 km. Scott, on the other hand, used pony’s to reach the Pole and arrived there a little over a month later, on 17 Jan 1912 , but perished with his team of 3 on the return trip.

Main targets

  • Pioneering a new expedition route in Antarctica with an itinerary based on the direction of the wind (circular anti-clockwise motion)
  • Raising the bar of sportive accomplishment of long haul Antarctic expeditions. Longest supported expedition so far is The International Trans Antarctic expedition from 1990, covering 3741 miles (5835 km) in 220 days. The longest unsupported expedition is 4808 km in 90 days by Rune Gjeldnes.
  • Scientific study of the catabatic winds in cooperation with a number of universities and meteorological institutes
  • Supporting Educational programs promoting environmental awareness 

Website: Antarctic ICE Expedition

Blog: Expedition News

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