Challenge Antarctica

An epic undertaking

SATcase are proud to support former Royal Marine Commando, Regimental Sergeant Major Barry Gray (‘Baz Gray’) and an exciting expedition: Challenge Antarctica. Extreme temperatures and a hostile Antarctic environment are set to be the ultimate testing ground for SATcase.

The Challenge

Baz Gray will undertake the adventure of a lifetime over the next two Antarctic summers.

In season one, 2018 - 2019 Baz Gray will ski, solo, unsupported and unassisted from Hercules Inlet to the South Pole. This will be a great run out and test for a much longer journey the following year. He aims to complete the 715 mile journey as quickly as possible.

On successful completion of journey one Baz will then prepare and attempt phase two: "To successfully cross the Entire Antarctic Continent starting from the North side of Berkner Island on the Filchner-Ronne Ice Shelf to the South Pole and then continuing to the Ross Ice Shelf via the Shackleton Glacier and onto the edge of the ice. This will be done solo and without any support including the use of kites and resupply." This will start in November 2019 and be complete by the end of January 2020.

Who is involved

Baz Gray is a Former Royal Marine Commando, Regimental Sergeant Major who has served his country for 26 years all over the world. He has experienced operational tours of Northern Ireland, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan as well as many other major exercises deployed to some of the furthest and most remote areas on the planet.

The Royal Marines are the UK armed forces lead in all training that is delivered in a Mountainous and Extreme Cold Weather Environment for the entire Tri-Service military, it is very much their speciality and it is a skill that is unique in defence. This training is delivered by the very specialist Mountain Leader Branch, a very highly skilled, highly trained, fit and motivated group of men. Barry joined the Mountain Leader Branch in 1998 and went on to become the Chief Instructor, responsible for all Mountain and Cold Weather training.

Barry is a very skilled expeditionary mountaineer, he loves to tread new ground with minimal equipment but ensuring safety to himself and those he is with always takes the utmost priority.

Want to know more?

Contact us for more information about the challenge and check out the Challenge Antarctica website.


Challenge Antarctica News

The Rowing Marine Smashes World Record

Photo credit Anthony Upton/LNP SATcase would like to congratulate Lee Spencer ‘The Rowing Marine’ for completing the ultimate R3 Challenge and going down in history as he smashes the able bodied solo Atlantic row world record by a month!! No-One … Read More

Challenge Antarctica R3 Challenge stats

As we celebrate #TravelTuesday we would like to take this opportunity to reflect on some amazing statistics from Baz Gray’s recent travel adventure: SATcase R3 Challenge expedition: Challenge Antarctica. The recent Antarctica summer season has seen 157 ski expeditions from … Read More

Colchester pupils meet Baz Gray

Colchester primary school pupils wrap up warm to support Challenge Antarctica When the cold chill was sweeping across the country, pupils at Colne Engaine C of E Primary School in Colchester wore a variety of multi-coloured hats and scarves to … Read More

The Rowing Marine

Lee Spencer, of Yelverton, Devon, who served in Afghanistan and Iraq, this month began his own R3 Challenge to row a 3,500-mile journey across the Atlantic  in a quest to beat the current able-bodied record. Lee hopes to set two … Read More

SATcase features on ITV West Country

Big thank you to ITV West Country who featured Baz Gray on their news programme last night to talk about Challenge Antarctica and SATcase The presenters asked Baz about his calorie intake and he consumed 6,500 calories each day during … Read More

The most extreme field test

        Aged 45 years old Baz Gray achieved some impressive achievements during his R3 Challenge:  becoming the first person to reach the South Pole Solo behind Colin O’Brady and Lou Rudd who both went on the complete … Read More

Challenge Antarctica Stats

Made it to the South Pole! Total distance: 715 miles. Time: 39 days 7 hours from Hercules Inlet to the South Pole Solo, unassisted and unsupported No full rest days taken Pulk start weight: approx. 88kg Food: Consisting of 6500 … Read More

Day 39 – Made it to the South Pole

Made it to the South Pole! The SATcase team are very proud to confirm that after 39 days Baz Gray has reached the South Pole. He called his wife Claire from his SATcase to confirm the fantastic news. Well done … Read More

Day 38/39 – Final push to the South Pole

Day 38 and 39 – Final push to the South Pole Conditions have been good for Baz as he enters the final stages of his expedition to reach the South Pole solo and unassisted. He is aiming to reach the … Read More

Day 37 – Highest Point Above Sea Level

Challenge Antarctica Day 37 – Location co-ordinates S 89.20.429 W 080.36.472. Today has been a good weather day with great visibility and firm ground with temperatures plummeting to -25 degrees. It’s been a long slow plod across flat terrain covering … Read More