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Mission of the Antarctic ICE 2011-2012 Expedition

Honouring the 100th anniversary of the Race to the South Pole between Amundsen and Scott; honouring their incredible perseverance. Amundsen reached the South Pole on 14 Dec 1911 by dogsled and skis and made the return journey in a total of 99 days and over a distance of 2993 km. Scott, on the other hand, used pony's to reach the Pole and arrived there a little over a month later, on 17 Jan 1912 , but perished with his team of 3 on the return trip.

Main targets of the Antarctic ICE 2011-2012 Expedition

  • Pioneering a new expedition route in Antarctica with an itinerary based on the direction of the wind (circular anti-clockwise motion)
  • Raising the bar of sportive accomplishment of long haul Antarctic expeditions. Longest supported expedition so far is The International Trans Antarctic expedition from 1990, covering 3741 miles (5835 km) in 220 days. The longest unsupported expedition is 4808 km in 90 days by Rune Gjeldnes.
  • Scientific study of the catabatic winds in cooperation with a number of universities and meteorological institutes
  • Supporting Educational programs promoting environmental awareness

 

Map and weather forecasting for the expedition by Marc Dekeyser:
www.weather4expeditions.com
MATHEMATICAL WIND MODEL by Hubert Gallée at the University of Glaciology Grenoble, France

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