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The veteran explorer will take on what many
consider to be the last true remaining Polar
challenge by attempting to cross Antarctica in
the depths of winter. The six month expedition
is being called ‘The Coldest Journey’, and
will see the team of six crossing around 2000
miles, mostly in complete darkness and in
temperatures as low as -90 degrees C. The
expedition is looking to raise US $5 million
via fund raising for ‘Seeing is Believing’ with
Standard Chartered providing dollar for dollar
matching to take it up to $10 million.
Pictured: Sir Ranulph Fiennes (centre) takes delivery of the Polecam, with
Polecam’s Business Development manager Stephen Rutherford (left)
and company director and inventor of Polecam Steffan Hewitt (right).
P olecam systems delivered a Polecam rig to Sir
Ranulph Fiennes and his expedition members
on board the research ship ‘SA Agulhas ‘ at its River
Thames mooring in London recently before it left on the
first leg of its journey to Antarctica.
The Polecam will be a great addition to the other
cameras on board the boat. Not only will it give
increased production value to what they already have,
but be able to provide some unique perspectives
of interviews and training on board, the loading and
unloading of all the equipment, and the documentation
of the expedition’s progress. The whole production
team are very excited about using their ‘new toy’. The
Polecam, fitted with the new Polecam Long Head, will be
mounted with a Panasonic HPX250 P2HD camcorder.
After a short stopover in Cape Town the ship will sail to
the ice edge in Eastern Antarctica, arriving mid-January
2013 where the team will set up their base.
On the 21st March 2013, they will begin the six
month journey sailing on from South Africa to
reach the Ross Sea. Their Polar journey from the Russian
base of Novolazareskaye (‘Novo’) to Captain Scott’s
base at McMurdo Sound, via the South Pole, will test the
limits of human endurance.
Previously the furthest any expedition has ever ventured
into Antarctica during the winter is 60 miles. The six
man team, led by Sir Ranulph, will have to be entirely
self-sufficient. There will be no search and rescue facility
available, as aircraft cannot penetrate inland during
winter due to darkness and risk of fuel freezing.
The expedition will also provide unique and invaluable
scientific research that will help climatologists as well as
forming the basis for an education programme that will
reach up to 100,000 schools across the Commonwealth.
www.thecoldestjourney.org Seeing is Believing
A fund raising global initiative will run side by side with
the expedition with the aim or raising US $10 million for
Seeing is Believing (SIB) - a global collaboration between
Standard Chartered Bank and the International Agency
for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) to tackle avoidable
blindness in developing countries.
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