A former Royal, based in the South-West, is preparing to ski, walk and crawl his way across Antarctica. Ex-Royal Marine Barry Gray will attempt the incredible 1,800-mile trek next year, aiming to become the first person to cross via the South Pole, unsupported.
Barry is a former Royal Marines Commando, Regimental Sergeant Major who served for 26 years. The 43-year-old is in an ideal position for the trek, as he was formally the Chief Instructor of the Royal Marines Mountain Leaders, a small team who are experts in arctic survival, operations and mountaineering.
Barry will face temperatures below minus 40C as he battles through the windiest place on the planet, pulling everything he needs behind him on a 200KG pulk (sledge).
"We would all still be sitting in caves if people did not want to explore and try to achieve new things," he said. "This is probably the toughest expedition that there is still left to complete in the world."
Here are some of the incredible records Barry aims to break along the way:
• First ever Solo, Unsupported and Unassisted crossing of the Antarctic Continent
• Full coast to coast crossing via the South Pole, including the permanent ice
• Longest ever Solo, Unsupported and Unassisted journey in Antarctica
• 1800 miles in a target time of 100 days during the Antarctic summer of 2018 – 2019
• No resupply or use of kites
• First Solo, Unsupported trek from McMurdo Sound to the South Pole via the Shackleton Glacier
As well as the challenge being a personal ambition for Baz, the challenge also has the key role of raising awareness of climate change and the effects on the planet. Therefore, one of the key objectives of Challenge Antarctica is to feedback key data and knowledge about the Antarctic Continent.
The project is to be formally launched at the Beehive in Honiton on October 26th. Find out more about the quite brilliant Challenge Antarctica here.
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