We are happy to announce that the expedition and training sleds
finally made it from Norway to Belgium after some delay in
production and troubles with customs, but all that is solved now.
The new sleds are custom built for Antarctic use by the team of
designer Alexander Bierwald (Acapulka) in Norway. Alexander
constructed two expedition and two training sleds for us.
Sam and Dixie have decided to give both expedition sleds names
in order to get the grace from the wind, crucial to a successful
completion of the expedition. Both explorers were inspired by Greek
mythology when deciding on the names:
Aeolus (Aiolos), a king of Thessaly, made the immortal king of
the winds by Zeus.
Orithyia, an Athenian princess abducted by Boreas (the north
wind) and made the goddess of cold, gusty mountain winds.
We are now getting very close to the finish line. There is still
some branding of the expedition gear to be done before we can start
preparing shipment of the sleds to Antarctica. Logistics partner
DHL Global Forwarding will take care of the transport of gear,
sleds and (frozen) food containers to Cape Town in South Africa.
From there The Antarctic Company (TAC) will transport the
expedition team and all the freight to the Russian base
Novolazarevskaya in Dronning Maud Land in Antarctica.