Expedition Tracking

On November 16, 2011 a team of six adventurers will fly to the continent of Antarctica. The team is lead by Richard Weber (Canada), and includes Chris De Lapuente (Britain); Kathy Braegger and Ruth Storm (USA); Michael Archer (New Zealand) and Howard Fairbank (South Africa). The entire team will start skiing from the Ronne Ice Shelf at a location called the “Messner Start”, 900 km from the South Pole. The team will pull all their supplies in sleds. Howard Fairbank will ski off on his own, for a solo attempt. The journey to the South Pole should take about 35 days.

At the South Pole, they will receive a re-supply; the skiers will change boots, skis and sleds. Ruth Storm will fly back. Howard will re-join the team. Then the team will kite-ski 1,100 km back to the edge of the Antarctic continent at Hercules Inlet.

The South Pole is at an altitude of almost 10,000 feet. Cold air flows from the Pole down toward sea level. Using this wind, the team should reach Hercules Inlet in about 15 days. The team is scheduled to fly out of Antarctica on January 12, 2012.

Despite numerous South Pole expeditions recently, a round trip to the South Pole has only be completed twice in history. Roald Amundsen made the trip in 1911, and another team was successful in 2004. However, this particular route has never been attempted.

The expedition will send text and images via satellite telephone. The expedition blog will be posted on WeberArctic.com and Kathy Braegger’s web site.

Richard Weber is a world leader in polar expeditions. He has trekked to the North Pole more times than anyone in history. In 1995, he completed the only expedition to reach the North Pole and return with no outside assistance. He holds the records for the fastest North and South Pole expeditions in the Guinness Book of Records.


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