Team Polar Endeavour’s aim is to facilitate the Youngest Solo Unsupported Unassisted Coast to South Pole Crossing on foot with team member Tom Warburton attempting this expedition. He intends to walk/ski from Hercules Inlet on the northwestern coast of Antarctic to the geographic South Pole, a distance over 685 miles or 1100 km. During this expedition he will gain over 3000 metres, as he travels in nearly -20 c degrees temperatures, braving harsh winds, referred to as katabatics, his expedition should take over 45 days, arriving in the South Pole, just in time to see in the new year!
Tom is departing in November 2019; due to sporadic weather conditions, flights to the Geographic South Pole (Union Glacier runway) are not an exact science, (we’re still waiting on flight details, Snow is a big factor in getting specific dates!) but at the moment, Tom intends to be on the first flight of the season, (Hopefully on the 10th of November) from Presidente Carlos Ibañez del Campo airport (PUQ/SCCI) in Punta Arenas, Chile in a Ilyushin IL-76 TD to Union Glacier ice runway (SCGC) then onwards to his start point (Hercules inlet) by a small ski plane, with all logistics being provided by Antarctic Logistics Expeditions. From there he begins his gruelling journey to the Geographic South Pole, Tom will be pulling a sledge called a Pulk, made in Cumbria by UK company Aigullie, carrying over 100 kilos of equipment and supplies, many of which have been produced in the UK by British companies, such as Rab, Terra Nova and Extreme food UK.
Tom will be navigating in Antarctica using a Suunto MC2G, (with a Global Needle to stop the Southern end of the Needle dragging towards the ground as Tom gets nearer to the Geographic South Pole!) Tom will also use a GPS system as a backup system.