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 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

Day 36 – 89 Degrees South

Day 36 Challenge Antarctica An amazing milestone passed today reaching 89 degrees South, the last degree before the South Pole. Location co-ordinates S 89.00.029 W 081.50.803. Conditions haven’t been great today with poor visibility. Despite not being able to see … Read More

Day 35 – Dig Deep

Day 35 – Location 88.39.000 W082.40.364. Fantastic day weather wise but extremely cold. However, the relentless pushing through the snow is really taking its toll on Baz’s physical well being and he’s still feeling very fatigued. His R3 resilience is … Read More

Day 34 – Toughing it out

Fatigue has really kicked in today and it’s been a real struggle on day 34 of Challenge Antarctica. The legs are really feeling the pain but despite this Baz has gritted his teeth and achieved 16 very tough nautical miles … Read More

Day 33 – New Year

No spectacular firework displays or party celebrations for Baz in Antarctica on New Year’s Eve but the last day of 2018 has been an excellent day. 20.3 nautical miles in 13.5 hours and he has traversed the worst of the … Read More

Day 32 – Keeping in touch

Clear voice communication and reliability are a high priority for users of satellite communication handsets throughout the world and our voice calls with Baz Gray in Antarctica are crystal clear. Baz will be using SATcase to keep in touch with … Read More