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1 Vapour barrier liner
1 Sleeping bag (eg Rab) good for -250C
1 Synthetic outer bag (NOT waterproof or Dryloft) (optional)
1 Foam mat (eg Thermarest Ridgerest regular)
1 Thermarest (eg Thermarest Trail Comfort regular)
1 Zipped/buckled bag to hold sleeping system (if not outer bag)
1 Eye mask (eg Jetrest/Dreamessentials Infinity sleep mask)
2 Pants/boxers (merino wool/synthetic) (optional)
2 Base layer long johns (merino wool/synthetic)
1 Fleece trousers
1 Softshell trousers (NOT goretex) (eg Paramo/Rab/Wintergreen)
2 Base layer top (merino wool/synthetic)
1 Thin fleece top
1 Thick fleece/insulated top
1 Windproof jacket (NOT goretex) (eg Paramo/Rab/Wintergreen)
1 Fur ruff for jacket
1 Down Jacket with hood (eg Rab)
3/4 Inner socks (merino, eg Bridgedale/X-socks )
2/3 Vapour barrier sock liner (eg RBH Designs)
3/4 Outer socks (eg RBH Designs Insulated sock)
1 Spare oversized boots
1 Insulated gaiters
1 Camp booties (eg ME Co-Op hut booties)
2/3 Inner/working gloves
1 Warm outer gloves (leather-palmed eg ME Pinnacle)
1 Extra-warm outer mitts (with idiot loop) (e.g. RBH Designs)
1/2 Neck gaiter (merino)
1 Windproof hat (covering ears)
1 Thin balaclava
1 Thick/windproof balaclava (eg OR Gorilla/Psolarx)
2 Goggles with windproof nose cover (NOT mouth cover)
1 Sunglasses (+ hard case) (eg Julbo Micropore/Cebe Coccinel)
Hygiene/Minor Medical (personal)
Dry skin cream (eg Bag Balm)
Lipsalve & Lip sunblock
1 Toothbrush & toothpaste
1/2 Soap (eg Cuticura medicated soap for dry skin)
1 Flannel (in plastic bag)
1 Pee bottle
1 Vitamin/mineral supplements (optional)
Anti-bacterial hand gel (eg Cuticura hand sanitizer)
Medicated zinc oxide tape
Athletes foot powder/cream (Micatin/Lotrimin/Lamisil/Daktarin)
1 Lexan bowl
2 Lexan spoon
1 Lexan/insulated mug
1/2 Lexan water bottle (with insulated cover)
Ski / Glacier Travel (individual)
1 Pulk (Xmarx)
1 Trace (with elastic)
5 Carabiners for trace x 3 and prussic loops x 2, (wiregate - Camp Nano/Wild Country Helium)
1 Pulk harness (Radical)
1 Skis (pair) (Asnes)
1 Bindings (pair) (Rottefella)
1 Skins (pair) (Asnes Skin Lock)
1 Poles (pair) (Swix Mountain Poles)
1 Crampons (pair, newmatic, in crampon bag/bubblewrap)
1 Prussik loop (pulk to rope)
1 Prussik loop (person to rope)
2 Slings (for trace)
1 Climbing harness
1 Camp seat (optional)
1 Digital camera (with hard case)
1 Book (optional)
1 Journal + pencil
1 iPod (plus charging lead)
1 Small solar panel (optional)
1 Ear plugs (pair) (optional)
1 Watch (with alarm)
2/3/4 Stuff sacs (for clothes/kit eg Granite Gear Air Bag)
US$ for South Pole
Base camp food
Food - breakfast
Food - lunch/snacks
Food - dinner
Stuffsacs for food
Fuel (white gas)
3 MSR stoves (MSR XGK EX)
3 Stove boards
6 Fuel bottles
1 Stove maintenance/repair kit
1 Large kettle/pot
1/2 Medium pot
1 Large cooking spoon/ladel
2 Scrubbing cloth
Condiments (eg salt, pepper,currey chilli)
2 Emergency safety matches (box)
1 4-man Hilleberg Keron GT tent (with snow flaps, hanging line & safety pins, with mosquito net removed, poles fixed and taped)
Tent pegs (eg SMC perforated snow stakes or Tanchor) ?
1 4-man tent insulated floor
1 Tent brushes
2 Shovel (eg Komperdell Carbon/Salewa Tour)
3/4 Spare guidelines
3/4 Spare pole sections
2 Iridium phone with battery (+ sim card)
2 Spare battery for Iridium phone
1 Back-up system for iridium phone (eg PBL or Argos)
1 Spare battery for back-up system
1 Laptop with rugged case and charger
1 PDA with rugged case and charger
1/2 Solar panel (e.g. Brunton)
2/3 Rugged boxes for Comms kit
2 Compass (eg Silva/Suunto)
2 GPS (Garmin Geko 201)
2 Spare lithium batteries for GPS (set)
1 Hands-free compass support (eg Snowsled)
Ski travel spares
1/2 Spare skis (set)
1/2 Spare poles (set)
1/2 Spare Bindings (set)
3 Spare pole baskets (set)
3 Spare skins (set)
3 Spare screws for skins (set)
Crevasse Rescue (team kit)
12 Locking crab (DMM Sentinel)
6 Slings (Mammut Contact 8mm)
9 Prussik loops (5mm cord)
3 Ice screws (Black Diamond Turbo express with protectors)
2 Rope (Mammut Genesis Superdry 8.5mm x 50m)
2 Rope bags
2 Ice axe (Black Diamond Raven Ultra)
2 Deadman/deadboy (DMM)
3 Knife (Petzl Spatha)
1 Video camera (with hard case)
1 General repair kit (e.g. laces, fabrics, needles, thread, buckles, string, wire, duct tape, plastic twist ties, superglue/araldite etc)
1 Multi-tool/Screwdriver (eg Leatherman Charge ti)
1/2 Thermarest repair kit
1 Medical kit (to treat frostbite, burns, cuts, severe pain etc)
1 Wind/temperature indicator
It turns out that we are allowed to take 1lb in weight (that's around 400g for all you metric people out there) as luxury items - something to help the long, ice-cold, windy, interminably bright (24 hour sunshine), barren, featureless Antarctic days go by a little easier (is it too late to change my mind I wonder?)
Anyway, it's something that I have spent some time thinking about (my luxury item that is, not quitting although that thought is beginning to sound more appealing) and I can't decide. Henry Adams' chair in his article "top ten things to take to the pole" looks pretty tempting. I have decided however, that I want to take a book as I'm not up with the times enough to own one of those 'i-pod' things that everyone has nowadays, but I don't know what book to take.
The thought of reading Shakespeare on the ice was appealing for all of 3 seconds, so I need some help - what should I take to read when I'm down there?
Here's a conundrum. You hope desperately never to have to use any of the crevasse rescue kit you bring. But if you do fall in a crevasse and your team members can't simply heave you out using strength alone, you're in real trouble unless you have the kit to set up a pulley system and the knowledge and experience to match.
The only solution is to bring what is absolutely necessary and no more. This involves a raft of thin dyneema slings, prussic loops of different sizes and lots of wiregate and screwgate karabiners.
Climbers are generally weight and kit-obsessed so it was relatively easy to research the lightest and best made examples of each item we needed. The lightest wiregate karabiner currently made (or at least when we bought them) is the Nano by Camp. The lightest locking karabiner which can be used for belaying is DMM's lovely Sentinel (below). Mammut make some really light, thin and super strong 8mm slings.
We'll be using Black Diamond's Turbo Express ice screws because they're really easy to use, which helps when your mate is dangling over a precipice waiting for you to anchor him. We're taking Mammut's Genesis Superdry 8.5mm ropes. They have an excellent reputation for being really reliable and maintaining their flexibility when frozen and they're very light.
Finally, we'll be taking two Black Diamond Raven Ultra ice axes (above). These are great glacier travel tools; they're too light for general use but are ideal for ski touring/glacier purposes.
And the last ingredient? Practice, practice, practice!
I'm an MA Student, Kings College London, although I finish in early September 07 and I'm not quite sure what I'm doing after that!
Interests: Man Utd fan (yes I know, I'm also from the south of England but my Dad supported them, and I worked there for a season when I was an undergraduate at Manchester University),
I also like playing squash and football, and am an avid reader and am currently reading Vali Nasr's book "The Shia Revival".
Much like Will, I started doing stuff like this a few years ago when my Nan suffered a series of strokes over several years and I wanted to do something to help. In March 2005 I did a sponsored tandem sky-dive from 13,000 feet for The Stroke Association, and was able to raise a fair bit of cash which made it all the more worthwhile.
Unfortunately, my Gran also suffered a couple of strokes a year or two ago. This time, as I am living in London at the moment I decided I'd try the 2007 London Marathon and was able to raise three times as much money for The Stroke Association, coming in at a disappointing 4 hours and 23 minutes as I had relied on London's glorious public transport to get me to the start of the race with plenty of time to spare so that I could warm up, I now realise the error of my ways!
My involvement in this particular expedition came around purely through chance, as Will had got in contact with my Dad to tell him a bit more about the idea behind the expedition and the Shackleton Foundation. Meeting a few of the team in early September 06 it sounded very exciting and I tried to get in on the act. Over the past few months I've built up the website.
Famously, the original team were unable to complete the last 97 miles to the geographic South Pole, thus becoming the first people to reach the South Pole. The 2008/9 team intend to build on that legacy by re-tracing the original team's footsteps, but carry on past the 97 mile point and reach the geographic South Pole. I won't be doing the whole thing as I'm not nearly fit enough and haven't had any training as I type this. I will be completing the last 97 miles to the geographic South Pole though and therefore receive a sixth of the glory at a tenth of the effort!
The idea of completing the last 97 miles to the South Pole was something that I didn't want to miss out on - completing what my great-great-uncle Frank Wild began appealed to me immensely. Going to Antarctica a continent containing 90% of the world's ice and some 70% of the world's fresh water is something that I think will stay with me forever. I also get to say that I have been to the South Pole and share some of the glory with the others who will have covered over 800 miles by the time that I catch up with them at the 97 mile point!
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