• The Outer Edge Polar Challenge is to attempt what has never been done before. To snow sail on the Polar Plateau; to attempt the world record for most distance covered in 24 hours, wind assisted; to raise as much money for the Leukaemia Foundation.
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    This journey has been an evolution over the past 24 months. Originally this was going to be an expedition with a number of participants and the original departure date was December 2014 . Unfortunately circumstances change and I made a decision to do this solo in June of this year.
    Working closely with Anne from TAC , we have successfully come up with an option to travel solo but supported on the Polar Plateau starting South of Nova Base.
    Flying into Nova from Cape Town, I will spend between 2 days acclimatising, filming product and setting up the experiments I will be undertaking. These experiments are all about the programme we will be delivering to primary schools, secondary schools and tertiary education during 2016.
    I am also going to take this time to attempt to set a new
    record for distance covered in 24 hours, wind powered in Antarctica. After being transported 400km South of Nova by Icetruck, the goal is to acclimatize and test the snow sailer and all my equipment. Once we are satisfied that the equipment and my ability to cover as much ground as possible each day is at an acceptable level we will then set off to achieve daily goals. The daily distances I achieve will be largely dependent on weather conditions in terms of wind and visibility, and also the terrain. In good weather, I expect to be able to travel as far as 300km, however due to the nature of the Polar climate there will be days when I may not even make it out of my tent. Along the route I will be sure to run into Sastrugi – an uneven and relentless windswept section of snow and ice. While I have designed my snow sailer to handle significant levels of Sastrugi, this section will significantly slow my
    efforts in terms of sailing and I may very well have to hike and tow my sailer through it. This will be bothtime consuming, but also energy consuming.
    Along the way, I will be towing a ground-penetrating radar to measure ice thickness, monitor wind speed, snow sailer speed, and surface roughness to gain some insight into snow/ ice friction.
    The purpose of this is to develop the science programme outlined above so that I can engage with students worldwide in driving the STEM message in order to build the leaders of tomorrow.
    Whilst. I’ll be completely self sufficient, carrying my own food, fuel and supplies I will have the support of the Icetruck team should I require equipment servicing or spare parts and in the worst case scenario a complete extraction! In an ideal world, the expedition will only take 7 – 14 days to complete.
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