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
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.
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.