The coldest journey: latest update
More from the 2000-mile crossing of Antarctica in CAT bulldozers...
Posted: 23 Apr 2013
The idea to cross Antarctica in winter was conceived five years ago when Sir Ranulph Fiennes and Dr Mike Stroud came up with a plan to cross the continent - alone and on foot - in the southern winter months. This is something no human being has ever managed before, as well as being an adventure of mind-boggling physical and mental extremity.
There's just one, small problem: in winter, in Antarctica, the weather is so extreme that there is literally no chance of rescue or aid, should something bad happen. You're on your own. Which meant that, after a long discussion with the Foreign Office, Sir Ranulph was only issued a permit to attempt the crossing unsupported if he could carry all the provisions required for a winter crossing. Which is where we come in.