Outer Edge Polar Challenge
Antarctica has long held an attraction for adventurers. Its isolation and severe climate provides a unique challenge for those seeking a different kind of adventure. It has been over 100 years since Sir Douglas Mawson led his Australasian Antarctic Expedition to Cape Denison in East Antarctica. Drawn by a sense of adventure and a desire to contribute to society, his legacy continues today.
Australia has had a long and proud history of involvement with Antarctica and was one of the original signatories to the Antarctic Treaty which came into force in 1961. From the days of Mawson to our current modern Antarctic science program, Australia continues to be a key international player in Antarctic policy and science, and is a strong supporter of a stable and effective Antarctic Treaty System.
Less than 25 years ago, the Antarctic environment was under threat from an international agreement on mining. Australia, together with France, lead negotiations away from this to what we know today as the Madrid Protocol – designating Antarctica as a nature reserve, devoted to peace and science. The Madrid Protocol, together with the other components of the Antarctic
Treaty System, provides the ideal mechanism for the continued governance of the Antarctic, providing stability in the region and enhanced environmental protection for one of the most pristine places on earth.
It is this sense of an untouched wilderness that attracts many tourists and adventurers to Antarctica. It provides unique scenery and wildlife unlike anywhere else in the world. Australia supports safe and sustainable tourism in
the region and works with international partners through Antarctic Treaty meetings to ensure that tourism activities are conducted safely and with minimal environmental impacts.
The Outer Edge Polar Challenge is a little different to the typical Antarctic tourist visit. Their challenge to break a number of Antarctic records while raising money for the Leukaemia Foundation is commendable. I wish them all the best for a safe journey and I look forward to tracking their progress over the coming months.
Charles Werb"My mind went into overdrive until the day that a specific opportunity presented itself to me. Why not attempt to snow sail......"
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Ride For LeukaemiaThe Outer Edge Polar Challenge, Ride for Leukaemia aims to raise funds for the Leukaemia Foundation of Australia. We encourage you to donate 1c, 10c, 20c, 50c or even $1.00 for every kilometre I cover in Antarctica. Please donate generously to help us raise as much as we can especially during our world record attempt……..
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