Challenge Antarctica is on! Baz Gray has arrived safely at the edge of the frozen Antarctic continent at his starting point at Hercules Inlet. He called the UK using SATcase to confirm his safe arrival. Hercules Inlet is a large, narrow, ice-filled inlet, which forms a part of the southwestern margin of the Ronne Ice Shelf. The inlet is bounded on the west by the Heritage Range and on the north by the Skytrain Ice Rise. The plane from Union Glacier dropped him off and this morning Baz has started his first day of his 715mile journey to ski, solo, unsupported and unassisted from Hercules Inlet to the South Pole. All his equipment and food is stored in his sled which weighs 85kg at the start of the challenge. Along his route Baz will experience all types of weather, facing constant winds, fields of sastrugi, and white-out conditions. The route climbs gradually to more than 9300 ft (2800 m) and the days are filled with 24-hour daylight and an intense solitude and tranquillity that can be found almost nowhere else on Earth.
With high spirits Baz was happy to get going, feeling comfortable and happy despite the very windy conditions. He aims to cover 12 nautical miles today. Further updates will be available and you can follow Baz’s progress on via SATcase Tracker here at www.satcase.com/challenge-antarctica/ and via social media.
Our chosen charitable partner is the Royal Marines Commandos who demonstrate the SATcase R3 ethos of being Resilient, Reliable and Ruggedised on a global scale, 365 days of the year and we are seeking to raise funds through Baz’s Challenge Antarctica. To donate please visit https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Team/SATcaseR3Challenge
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