This will be the New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust’s third Inspiring Explorers’ Expedition. From almost 200 applications the Trust has chosen two young New Zealanders and two young Australians as the 2018 Inspiring Explorers. This time the team is travelling to the Arctic to attempt a crossing of the Greenland Ice Cap. The expedition will take about a month and will involve the team of six dragging sledges 560km across the ice cap, which is the second largest ice sheet in the world. and will see the team attempt to ski across the second largest body of ice in the world over a month, dragging 60 kilogramme sleds behind them for more than 560 kilometres.
The expedition honours iconic Norwegian polar explorer, humanitarian, and Nobel Peace Prize winner Fridtjof Nansen – the first person to lead a crossing of the Greenland ice cap in 1888. You can find out more about this remarkable man here.
Trust Executive Director Nigel Watson, who will join the expedition, says this will be the Trust’s longest and most challenging Inspiring Explorers’ Expedition yet.
“Part of the Trust’s mission is to encourage the spirit of exploration. This expedition will celebrate the 130th anniversary of one of the world’s great polar exploration stories – Nansen’s crossing of the Greenland Ice Cap in 1888, the first time the feat was accomplished. Nansen’s experience and his pioneering polar equipment revolutionised long distance polar travel. The Trust has conserved items including Nansen sledges and Nansen cookers in the early explorers’ huts that we care for in Antarctica, tangible examples of Nansen’s influence on the likes of Scott and Shackleton.”
The team will cross the ice cap from west to east, starting in Kangerlussuaq in early May.
We are thrilled to have Kathmandu on board as an expedition sponsor. We will be road-testing some of their new XT Series, which has been specifically developed for extreme environments.
You can find out more about Antarctic Heritage Trust and our work in to conserve the legacy of exploration in Antarctica here.