The Shackleton Company supports SPEAR17 Expedition
On 27th October, a six man team from the British Army Reserves will be dropped by ski plane on the coastline of Antarctica. From there they will attempt to ski over 1,100 miles unsupported across the polar continent to the Geographic South Pole. Once at the Pole, the team will receive a re-supply of rations and fuel and continue onwards over the Titan Dome, down the Shackleton Glacier and onto the Ross Ice Shelf to complete a full traverse of Antarctica. A feat achieved by only 6 people so far.
We are delighted to announce our official support of this hugely ambitious expedition SPEAR17 (South Pole Expedition Army Reserves 2017).
Each man will be hauling an individual pulk weighing approximately 160kg which will contain everything he needs to survive for 3 months on the ice pack. The team expect to arrive at the Pole by the end of December and complete the full traverse by the end of January.
The team (seen above wearing our Shackleton Signature jumper) will face many challenges along the way including the harsh polar weather, crevasses, whiteout conditions, a climb from sea level to 10,000ft, isolation from the outside world and the constant mental and physical battle of manhauling their pulks across the ice. It will take every ounce of their strength and determination to reach their goal. Antarctica is the coldest (-93°C), windiest and most inhospitable place on the planet but also one of the most beautiful and rewarding places to travel in.
The team hope to raise £100,000 for ABF The Soldiers' Charity, helping those service personnel that require it most.
Expedition leader, Lou Rudd (pictured) said, "Bold and ambitious projects such as SPEAR17 require significant support and funding to make them a reality. Without the backing of our many sponsors this epic expedition would not be possible. The entire SPEAR17 team would like to express their gratitude to The Shackleton Company for their incredible generosity and the knowledge that so many people believe in us will spur us on as we inch our way across the polar wilderness towards our goal."
Lou also reached the South Pole with the late Henry Worsley in 2012 by retracing the footsteps of the first man to claim the pole in 1911 - Norwegian Roald Amundsen.
Team members undertaking the the rigorous challenge with Lou Rudd are Ollie Stoten, Alex Brazier, Jamie Facer-Childs, Chris Brooke and Alun George
Adventurer Ranulph Feinnes, patron of the expedition, added, “I wish the team every success and look forward to monitoring their progress as they inch their way across the polar wilderness.”
To make a donation visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/spear17
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