World Record 2005
On 12th December 2005, Ice Challenger and her team smashed the world record for the fastest overland crossing from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole.
The journey across 1,200km of crevasses, ice slopes and fields of rubble ice took an incredible 69 hours – easily beating the previous world record of 24 days.
The World Record South Pole Expedition set out to prove that the huge landmass of the Antarctic is accessible to a wheeled motor vehicle. This could have a huge impact on reducing the cost and environmental impact of scientific investigations in the area.
The expedition was also aimed at increasing awareness of global warming. The entire team wanted to highlight the impact of climate change on the Antarctic and the rest of the world.
The 2005 Antarctic World Record Expedition charted new territory. Not only did the team manage to reach the South Pole unassisted; they did it in a wheeled vehicle and they did it 21 days faster than the previous record time.
This was a team of ordinary men with regular day jobs. In the time-frame that others might use to go on holiday, they chose to drive where no man has driven before, and take enormous risks to achieve their goals.
Antarctica LandscapeThe Antarctic is the coldest place in the world (lowest recorded temperature is -89.9 C). It is also the windiest place in the world (fastest recorded wind speed of 300km/h). Surprisingly, it is also technically a desert: it has less than 5cm of precipitation in a year.
The planet’s southernmost landmass also contains 80% of the world’s fresh water. There are places where the ice is over 10,000 feet thick, and the ice cap itself is more than 40 million years old.
The Antarctic is 48 times the size of the UK (14.4 million sq km). It is the world’s only uninhabited continent.
The Antarctic Treaty was signed in 1959, which puts all territorial claims on hold – so no-one actually owns Antarctica. It has been set aside as a scientific preserve, and military activity is prohibited in the region.