Antarctic expeditions take place every year, some focused on mountaineering and some focused on continental traverses.
It’s one of the most remote and coldest place on earth that has drawn adventurers for over a century.
Laval St Germain: The only Canadian to have summited Everest without oxygen is on his way to do the the Explorers’ Grand Slam, which is to climb the seven summits and do full-length expeditions to both the North and South Poles. This year, St. Germain will attempt Mount Vinson and a 1,300-kilometre ski from the South Pole.
This photo was taken between Bylot Island & Pond Inlet, Nunavut on a ski mountaineering trip a few years ago. I’m looking forward to clicking into my bindings at Hercules Inlet, Antarctica 17 050 km due south of where this photo was taken…only with a much heavier sled & no polar bears. #90south7thsummit #southpole #antarctica #7summits #stepoutshoveoff 📸 @darinmcbeath
Colin O’Brady: Having been to the North and South Pole, he’ll be attempting “the impossible first”, which is a solo, unsupported, unassisted crossing from the edge of the Ronne Ice Shelf to the start of the Ross Ice Shelf through the South Pole in 70 days.
Lou Rudd: Attempting a solo, unsupported, unassisted crossing of Antarctica from Berkner Island to the Ross Ice Shelf, via the South Pole. His plan is for a 75 day trip, five days slower than O’Brady above.
Barry Gray: Training for his next big attempt at a solo, unsupported, unassisted traverse of Antarctica by skiing from Hercules Inlet to the South Pole.
Jenny Davis: Heading on a solo, unsupported and unassisted expeditions from Hercules Inlet to the South Pole in just over five weeks.
Meet Matt 🙅♂️ My fiancé, wingman, all-round supporter and tyre carrier to boot (…although arguably I should be carrying my own tyres to the start line of a session!) Matt is coming with me to Antarctica where we’ll be climbing Mount Vinson as our honeymoon! He’ll then head home back to the U.K. and I’ll start my solo trip to the South Pole after a few days rest 🙅♀️ I can’t tell you what it means to me that we’re able to experience Antarctica together and we can’t wait to get there!
Matthieu Tordeur: Same as Davis above, heading on a solo, unsupported and unassisted expeditions from Hercules Inlet to the South Pole in just over five weeks.
Masatatsu Abe: A solo attempt at the Messner Route unassisted and unsupported to the South Pole while hauling a 100-kilogram sled for 10 hours a day.