The group meets up in Punta Arenas in Chile. After final arrangements and making sure we have all the gear we need, we fly out to Union Glacier, an ice runway on the Antarctic continent.
At Union Glacier, final preparations take place and after that the group is taken from Union Glacier to the edge of the Antarctic Continent by Twin Otter aircraft especially adapted for flying in the extremely cold conditions of Antarctica.
This is where the adventure really begins. The plane departs and we are left to the silence of Antarctic and the huge task of walking the 1130 km (702 miles) to the South Pole, a journey that will take us about two months.
The first few days will be spent hauling smaller loads in our sleds as the first destination along the route is to retrace our flight path back to Union Glacier. Being en route to the Pole, Union Glacier provides an ideal stopping place to re-supply and sort out any problems with equipment which may arise.
We continue from Union Glacier and we will carry provisions on our sleds to last us until we arrive at our pre- placed supply cache in the Thiele Mountains approximately 30 days into the journey. Navigation will be accomplished using GPS navigation equipment that will not only ensure an accurate route to the pole but also enable us to locate the position of the cache accurately.
The terrain between Union Glacier and the South Pole consists of mostly flat travel yet we are climbing eventually to around 9301 feet (2835 m), the height of the pole itself. For the most part the snow will be smooth and flat interspersed with extensive wind affected sastrugi snowfields. We pass several mountain ranges along the way and navigate through only one major crevasse field for which we have a proven GPS plan. The terrain eventually climbs gradually onto the polar plateau for the final leg through to the South Pole itself.
On arrival at the pole and the ensuing photo-fest, an aircraft will be dispatched to pick us up and return us to Union Glacier for the return flight to Chile.