Ideally, we would have loved to start where explorer Tom Crean had to stop on his mission with, but unfortunately, this is not on the flight path nor safe.
We’re hoping to begin the expedition as close to the historic site as possible this is dependent on where the pilot deems as a safe landing place. So, the start of the trek is unknown and will be until we arrive in the South Pole.
In December 2018, the Polar Maidens will fly to Punta Arenas, Chile on the Western Shore of the Straits of Magellan. The southernmost city on Earth – the start of the expedition itself!
Next they undertake a four and a quarter hour flight. Their wheeled aircraft will land on a naturally-occurring ice runway.
Once off the plane, they will take their first steps in Antarctica, before continuing by specially adapted vans. An eight mile ride will take them to Union Glacier Camp – 1870 miles from the southern tip of Chile and a stone’s throw from Mount Vinson, the highest peak in Antarctica.
The Maidens will be leaving at the beginning of December and will be on the ice for around 20 days.
More information to coming soon about the precise route plan.