SOUTH POLE 1911-2011
From 25 October 2011 to 15 January 2012
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TWO MEN, ONE GOAL
MATERIAL

Both Albert Bosch and Carles Gel have a long history of development and implementation of ambitious projects. But both recognize that this adventure is by far the most complex in terms of material to prepare.

Any other type of extreme event they already know, such as climbing a 8,000m. peak, racing in the Dakar Rally, running an Ultra Marathon or make a shorter polar trip duration, is more predictable and less complex to organize. In an expedition as the "South Pole 1911-2011", made with integral self-sufficiency and a minimum of one month and a half, we cannot take things just 'in case', because what we drag over 1,200km. with the sled, but we cannot forget anything necessary, because we risk both the success of the project, and even life itself.

Broadly speaking, what we need to face this expedition is:

  • ON THE RUN: We transport all with a sled that measures 2.10 meters, with which we will drag 130/140 kg each. We will move on skis, and expressly do not use kites, in order to do it with the philosophy of relying only on our own forces. And of everything (except the sled), we will take parts (fasteners, seal skins, sticks, etc...).
  • CLOTHING: The technical clothing is supplied by GRIFONE. Almost everything is used in mountaineering clothing, with the exception of the main jackets, which are manufactured especially for this expedition, because we have to endure much more extreme maintained temperatures than in the high mountains. Also boots, gloves and hats that we use, are special for polar expeditions. One of the points that we will always have to protect is the face and eyes. Special masks and goggles or Buffs will be the usual tools to make progress every day.
  • FOOD: Although we estimate to complete the expedition in 45 days, we take food for 65 days. Weight loss is guaranteed due to the enormous temperatures and daily effort. Therefore, we must be sure we have enough energy to recover and balanced and not faint. Calculated to bring about 83kg. of food each, divided between soups, pasta freeze-dried, cured meats and cheeses packed in vacuum, energy products, accessories for drinks (the water-ice melt), sweets, biscuits, chocolate, nougat, nuts, coffee, tea, milk powder, etc...
  • SAFETY EQUIPMENT: Ropes, harnesses, muskets, satellite phone, a probe to detect cracks, ice screws, etc...
  • COMMUNICATION: 2 laptops, 2 satellite phones, 1 RACE TRACKER geolocation system, 2 cameras to shoot high-definition, 1 camera SLR photography, 2 compact still cameras, spare batteries for all battery charging system (solar panels and powerful batteries for charging), 1 external hard drive for backups, etc...
  • CAMP: A very tough Tent, sleeping bags down to below -40ºC, insulation mats, kitchen tools (pans, pots, cutlery, etc...), stoves, many liters of liquid gas (White Gas), lots of lighters and matches (if we cannot make fire, we're dead), saw to make blocks of ice (wind protection), based blades flatten the store and make holes, etc...
  • FIRST AID KIT: Logically, we must take a good first aid kit. For a month and a half in such extreme conditions, anything can happen to us, and we must be solve the problems alone if there is not a very serious emergency that forces us to abandon and evacuate.
  • ENTERTAINMENT: Very few things in this section. Basically take a iPod/mp3 each, and 4 books between the two (Agreed upon the titles that we both like). The most important thing is to have a very thick notebook and a few pencils (pens inks freeze) to write down everything we will think crossing such a special place during so many days.

In total we have calculated to drag between 130 and 140 kg each at the beginning of the expedition, and just the first part is the gap with more progressive elevation, as we left the sea level, and go back to the Antarctic plateau, which is between 2,500 and 3.000m. high. But the luck is that the raise will be soft, because it will extend about 600km.

It's important to say that we are lucky because we will save a lot of weight, because unlike the great mountains, we do not have to carry flashlight or headlamp... we will have sunlight for 24 hours a day!

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