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THE JOURNEY TO THE BOTTOM OF THE WORLD

The world needs more adventurous women. Role models with the courage to pursue an idea. To see challenges not barriers. To say goodbye to their children for a while to go out into the world in search of the wind in their face, the mountain ahead, with broken nails and unwashed hair. 

To show the next generation that you need to get out there, to take your slice of the action, write your name in the story. 

And those women adventurers will show that you can do that at school, at work and at home; you can take risks, you can be responsible for your own destiny, you can choose your path.

Woman. Mother. Adventurer. 

Antarctica: Land covered by ice. Twice the size of Australia, officially a desert. The only continent with no permanent human inhabitants.

This is a place so desolate that barely any living thing exists away from the coastline, except the adventurers who are drawn to its heartland each year, the geographic South Pole. Wendy is setting out on a journey, one which will pioneer a new route across the Transantarctic mountains and will finish at the South Pole. 

The Challenge: Antarctica

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Inspire


Inspire

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Women are in the minority when it comes to Polar exploration. The first woman in Antarctica was Norwegian Caroline Mikkelsen in 1935, since Bellinghausen first sighted the continent in 1821. Expedition leader Wendy Searle wanted to know if she too could pioneer a new route, just as Shackleton, Scott, Amundsen and Mawson had in the early 20th Century. 

Falling in love with Antarctica through her work as UK operations and media manager for a previous expedition (2016/17 SPEAR17, which completed the first unsupported full traverse of the continent) Wendy was inspired by this and many previous expeditions. Deciding to pioneer a new route was as important as the requirement to 'man-haul', or to drag all the food, kit and equipment in special sleds, known as pulks. 

Wendy wants to show others that the extraordinary is available to everyone. A mother of four children, each will have a part to play in the expedition, from videographer, training partner or blogger.

Living by two adages; 'never waste a second', and 'never give up', she will need every ounce of physical and mental resolve to reach her goal.

Although Wendy has a day job, her first love is adventure, and pushing mental and physical boundaries. Taking up skydiving two years ago, Wendy now jumps regularly and blogs about her adventures both in the sky and on the ground.

Team member Lou Rudd, an experienced Antarctica adventurer, will add this new route to his ascent of the Axel-Heiberg Glacier in 2012, and the descent of the Shackleton Glacier in 2017.

 
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The expedition will pioneer a new route from the coastline of Antarctica to the geographic South Pole.

Bringing back new data on environmental changes, and taking part in a study on mental resilience at the limits of human endurance, it aims to inspire others to achieve what they thought was impossible.

The journey will begin at the Ross Ice Shelf, and ascend a previously unclimbed glacier before crossing the Titan Dome and reaching the South Pole. 

Sponsorship opportunities are available, please contact Wendy for more information. Thank you.

Story


The expedition will pioneer a new route from the coastline of Antarctica to the geographic South Pole.

Bringing back new data on environmental changes, and taking part in a study on mental resilience at the limits of human endurance, it aims to inspire others to achieve what they thought was impossible.

The journey will begin at the Ross Ice Shelf, and ascend a previously unclimbed glacier before crossing the Titan Dome and reaching the South Pole. 

Sponsorship opportunities are available, please contact Wendy for more information. Thank you.

Environment


The ice sheet which covers 98% of the Antarctic landmass is a ticking time bomb. It would be catastrophic for the Earth if it were to melt. The team will be bringing back new data from this remote location which will look at how environmental changes affect the relationship between the Ice Shelf and the continent.

Environment


The ice sheet which covers 98% of the Antarctic landmass is a ticking time bomb. It would be catastrophic for the Earth if it were to melt. The team will be bringing back new data from this remote location which will look at how environmental changes affect the relationship between the Ice Shelf and the continent.

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'And of what value was this journey? It is as well for this who ask such a question that there are others who feel the answer and never need to ask'
- Wally Herbert

Train


'And of what value was this journey? It is as well for this who ask such a question that there are others who feel the answer and never need to ask'
- Wally Herbert

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By endurance we conquer

About Me

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By endurance we conquer

About Me