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Antarctica 2023 - A 2,023km journey for our planet

In November, Dr. Gareth Andrews and Dr. Richard Stephenson embark on a 2,023 kilometre journey across Antarctica, completely unsupported. They're collecting crucial climate data along the way.

Skiing across Antarctica

In November, Dr. Gareth Andrews and Dr. Richard Stephenson will set out from the coast of Antarctica on a journey that will take them across the entire continent. If successful, they will be the first people to ever ski this 2,023km crossing unassisted.

For over two months, Gareth and Richard will face some of the most extreme conditions on Earth: freezing temperatures, gale-force winds, and unforgiving terrain. They'll be towing 160kg sleds with all of their supplies, including equipment to collect crucial climate data.

the route

Their journey starts on the coast of the Weddell Sea, where they make their way to the South Pole. From the South Pole, Gareth and Andrew will head to the base of the Reedy Glacier on the Ross Ice Shelf.

This project is a true test of human performance in extreme conditions. Gareth and Richard have completed expeditions in Norway, Iceland, and Greenland together. Part of their training in Australia and New Zealand has involved long stretches of running and walking (Oxfam Trailwalker 100k), long hikes with heavy packs, and dragging weights on sleds around local parks.

What to eat?

A key consideration for the duo is their food. Calories are in high demand, but weight is at a premium. And everything freezes solid in Antarctica.

Gareth and Richard are fuelling with our very own Roam Energy Nut Butter!
Roam Energy Nut Butter is high in calories, with most coming from fat. And it's a natural food - made with almonds, cashews, and coconut oil.

Importantly, it's compact. Removing gloves to prepare food is risky with such bitter cold, but fortunately our packets can be torn open either with the mouth, or with gloves on.

Freeze-dried meals make up a large portion of their food supplies, as do supplements such as electrolyte tablets.

The pair are also packing a small bottle of whisky enjoy on Christmas day. By this point, they are expected to be in the South Pole.

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  • Gareth with Roam at Oxfam Trail Walk

  • 160kg sleds Antarctica the Last Great First

    The sleds that Gareth and Richard will be towing for 2,023km

  • Training with weights!

Collecting Climate Data

Every day, Gareth and Richard will be collecting climate data. It's not easy to get such localised data from this part of the world, so their data set will provide climate scientists with useful insights into the planet's current state.

The information they will gather includes:

- Air temperature and barometric pressure

- Cloud characteristics and patterns

- Ice surface properties

- Solar radiation

- Moisture content and wind speeds.

Meet Richard and Gareth

Dr. Richard Stephenson is a Consultant Emergency Physician in Dunedin. Richard grew up in Yorkshire and relocated to New Zealand a decade ago with his wife and children.

Dr. Gareth Andrews is a Consultant Anaesthetist at St Vincent's Hospital in Sydney. Born in Scotland, Gareth now lives in Australia with his wife, Andrea, and two children.

Follow their journey

To follow Gareth and Richard's incredible journey, find them on Instagram and Facebook (the handle is @antarctica2023) and check out their website, where you can also donate to the project.

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