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Crossing The Ice

Antarctica is no place for the faint-hearted; it is a perilous icy desert of extreme cold, hidden crevasses and unrelenting physical hardship.

On 26 January 2012, James Castrission (Cas) and Justin Jones (Jonesy) made history by completing the longest unsupported polar journey of all time. In a hundred years of polar exploration, no-one had ever walked from the edge of Antarctica to the South Pole and back without any support.

Starting with very limited experience they spent months researching, consulting with experts from all round the globe, training in the Arctic and NZ, rehearsing the skills they would need to survive in the highest, driest, windiest and coldest place on Earth.

Pulling loads that started at 160kg and temperatures as cold as -40 C, they battled frostbite, injury, whiteouts, crevasses, gear failure and slow starvation. During the 89 days it took them to ski 2275km without any outside support or assistance they lost a combined 55kg of body weight.

Not only did Cas and Jonesy complete the first ever unsupported trek from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole and back, they are the youngest team to ever reach the South Pole. Their adventure set a new benchmark and raised the bar of polar exploration globally.