Over 2000km traversing the Antarctic continent From coast to coast.
Charlie is attempting the first unsupported and unassisted solo crossing of the Antarctic landmass. On this epic journey of 2009km – from Berkner Island to the Ross Ice Shelf via the South Pole – Charlie will also make the first ever solo descent of the Shackleton Glacier. He will need to man-haul a 150kg sled, of food, fuel and equipment for this test of endurance. Charlie has based his food and fuel calculations for an 80 day journey so he will need to get started early in November to give himself enough time to complete the journey before the Antarctic summer season ends. The Solo Across Antarctica Expedition breaks new ground in the world of adventure, elevates exploration for entertainment and education to new heights – and makes a huge contribution to the sparse scientific knowledge of a vital region of the globe that even a century later after The Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration remains virtually unexplored and unrecorded.
Over 2000km from coast to coast
Charlie’s start point is at Berkner Island on the Weddell Sea, close to Shackleton’s intended start point over one hundred years ago. Once he leaves Berkner Island he will follow one of the possible routes that Shackleton could have followed taking him up the Wujek Ridge and then onwards to the polar plateau and uphill to the South Pole . He will average 15 nautical miles a day at this stage, this will be slow due to the weight of the sled, also the weather plays a big part here and will dictate the speed of travel throughout the expedition, a great deal of patience is required. He hopes to reach the South Pole by 31st December.
From the South Pole, Charlie will then head off the polar plateau north towards the Transantarctic Mountains. Downhill, with the winds behind him and pulling a lighter sledge, he will aim to cover up to 20 nautical miles a day. Shackleton’s intended route through the mountain range was across the Beardmore glacier which he discovered in 1909, but instead Charlie will make the first solo descent of the Shackleton glacier. On this final leg, he will stop off at the point where fellow explorer Henry Worsely died attempting the exact same trip 2 years previous. Charlie will pay tribute to Henry where he so nearly completed this trip. Once clear of the mouth of the Shackleton glacier, Charlie will travel out onto the Ross Ice Shelf, to find a suitable site which is crevasse, lead free and flat enough to land a small aircraft. He expects to be picked up by late January 2019.
The expedition in numbers
Temperature: -20C – -65C
Sled Weight: 150kg
Hours Skiing Per Day: 12
Calorie Expenditure Per Day: 12,000
Estimated Weight Loss: 40 – 50 lbs
Duration in Days: 85 – 100
Daylight Hours: 24
Depth of Ice: 1,800m
Calorie Intake Per Day: 9,000
Effort Equivalent Per Day: 2 Marathons