The Coldest Journey
Veteran polar explorer, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, along with five colleagues will take on one of the last remaining polar challenges by attempting to cross Antarctica in winter – the coldest journey on Earth.
Lyon Equipment are very pleased to be supporting the expedition with a tailored programme of training and a selection of equipment from our brands.
On 6 December 2012, on board the expedition’s South African ice-strengthened research ship, ‘SA Agulhas’, the expedition team – led by Sir Ranulph – will leave London , bound for Antarctica. Their aim is to complete ‘The Coldest Journey’ – the first-ever trans-Antarctic winter expedition. The Coldest Journey will also attempt to raise USD10 million for Seeing is Believing, a global charitable initiative to fight avoidable blindness. During their sea voyage, the team will undertake a number of scientific tasks to provide unique data on marine life, oceanography and meteorology. Using the very latest technological innovations, this epoch-making journey will pave the way for a new dawn in Antarctic, year-round exploration.
Here at Lyon Equipment we are delighted to be sponsoring Sir Ranulph Fiennes on his epic expedition; "The Coldest Journey".
There are two key elements to our support package;
Firstly, we are supplying personal and team safety and rescue kit including bespoke rescue solutions for use in what is a unique and hostile environment.
Secondly, a key element of our support is to train Sir Ranulph and his team in the safe use of this equipment using our work at height training facility in Tebay.
Our involvement with "The Coldest Journey" reflects perfectly our company mission statement: "providing equipment and expertise for people to venture further".
As part of our support for The Coldest Journey and in consultation with the Traverse Manager Brian Newham, we've provided a wide range of specialist equipment from Petzl, Beal, Julbo and Ortlieb alongside some of our own Lyon products.
The equipment has been selected so that the team members have the tools to be able to move safely as well as rescue and recover people and equipment while operating in the inhospitable environment of an Antarctic winter.
The full list of equipment provided by Lyon is outlined below.
|Petzl Products||Lyon Products||Beal Products|
|Ultra ACCU 2 Headlamps||First Response Bag 20 Ltr||10.5mm Top Gun ii|
|Newton Fast Jak FUll Harnesses||Rope Lanyard||Rescue rope 60m|
|Omni Screw Lock Carabiners||18mm Sewn Sling 120cm||5mm accessory cord 60m reel|
|Mini Traxion||Ran’ Feinnes Ski baskets|
|Rescue Pulley||18mm sling + sleeve 120cm|
|Sports Ascension Right||7mm eye strop 1m|
|WS Ascension Right||7mm eye strop 2m|
|OK Screwgate Carabiner||Fibrelight Ladder black 20m|
|VASAK Flexlock Crampon|
|Laser Sonic Ice Screw||Ortlieb Products|
|Summit Ice Axe||Ortleib Duffle 85 - Printed in house|
|William screw-lock Carabiner||Julbo Products|
|Pitagor Harness||Gravit clear lens goggles|
On 21 March 2013, the equinox, the six expedition members will begin a six month journey to reach the Ross Sea. Their route from the Russian base of Novolazareskaya (‘Novo’) to Captain Scott’s base at McMurdo Sound – via the South Pole – will test the limits of human endurance. During this six month period the expedition team will travel nearly 4,000 kilometres, mostly in complete darkness in temperatures as low as -90°C. The expedition team will have to be entirely self-sufficient and there will be no search and rescue facility available, as aircraft cannot penetrate inland during winter, due to darkness and risk of fuel freezing.
Previously, the furthest any expedition has ever ventured into Antarctica during the winter is 60 miles. On this forthcoming journey, Sir Ranulph and his team will aim to cover 2,000 miles in six months, crossing the polar plateau at an average height of 10,000ft above sea level.
Of the Antarctic traverse, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Expedition Leader of The Coldest Journey, said:
“This will be my greatest challenge to date. We will stretch the limits of human endurance. Britain and the Commonwealth has a strong heritage of exploration, from Captain Cook 300 years ago to the present day. As such, it is fitting that a Commonwealth team should be the first to fulfil this last great polar expedition. It is a unique opportunity to carry out a number of scientific tasks in the extreme polar environment, which will make a significant contribution to our understanding of the true effects of global warming on the Antarctic continent.”