Posted on 06 08 2012
North 2012 Expedition
Polar explorer and Bridgedale Kindred Spirit, Alex Hibbert has just announced details of his next expedition.
There are only a handful of polar expeditions in history who have ventured into the polar winter. Beginning this December, as part of a two-phase landmark expedition, Alex, along with Justin Miles will travel into the darkness.
Between mid-December and mid-March 2013, they will each haul over 250kg the length of the Nares Strait and then return unsupported. Alex and Justin will be laying and preparing depots for a subsequent phase with the uiltimate goal of reaching the North Pole unsupported in winter 2014. This has never before been achieved. The Pole has also never been reached from Greenland – the final main route as yet untravelled.
The route for the first phase will cover up to 900 miles over fractured and mobile sea ice between the cliffs and glaciers of Ellesmere Island and North-West Greenland. The sea ice through these narrow straits is amongst the most dynamic and technically demanding in the world.