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Meet Pat Farmer, The Aussie Who Ran 20,919 Kilometers From Pole To Pole

Meet Pat Farmer, The Aussie Who Ran 20,919 Kilometers From Pole To Pole Jun 21st, 2013 at 10:00AM: Just weeks before Pat Farmer was scheduled to depart for a 20,919-kilometer run from the North to the South Pole, his major sponsor pulled out and he was faced with a choice: give up his dream to be the first man to run Pole-to-Pole or sell everything he owned to finance the expedition. Farmer, a 51-year-old Aussie who jokes he's been having mid-life crises since he ran his first ultra-marathon at...

Ski To The South Pole Just Like Prince Harry!

Ski To The South Pole Just Like Prince Harry! Apr 24th, 2013 at 8:00AM: Yesterday, we told you that Britain's Prince Harry is planning on joining an expedition to the South Pole later this year in an effort to raise funds and awareness for the Walking with the Wounded program. The adventurous Prince will take part in a cross-country skiing race that will cover 335 kilometers (208 miles) in approximately 16 days, crossing the final three degrees of latitude before...

Britain's Prince Harry Racing To The South Pole In November

Britain's Prince Harry Racing To The South Pole In November Apr 23rd, 2013 at 8:00AM: We've known for sometime that Britain's Prince Harry has an adventurous streak in him, and I'm not just talking about those questionable photos that emerged from his now infamous trip to Las Vegas last year. In April of 2011, he joined an expedition that skied to the North Pole, although he was forced to depart early in order to be home in time for his brother's impending wedding. Last week it was...

Antarctica's Tallest Peak Captured, North Pole Not So Much

Antarctica's Tallest Peak Captured, North Pole Not So Much Dec 4th, 2012 at 2:00PM: Antarctica is our planet's southernmost continent and home to the South Pole, permanent manned research stations, penguins and an occasional adventure cruise ship expedition. This time of year, a lot of attention traditionally goes to Earth's North Pole, home of Santa and the gang. But NASA's DC-8 flying laboratory recently passed over Antarctica's tallest peak, Mount Vinson, as we see in this...

Video: A Plane Landing In Antarctica

Nov 23rd, 2012 at 8:00AM: Have you ever wondered how travelers to Antarctica get to and from the continent? I'm not talking about the thousands of tourists that go aboard a cruise ship each year. I'm referring to the explorers who ski to the South Pole or the research scientists who spend weeks studying the impact of climate change on the frozen continent. Most of them charter a flight aboard a plane operated by a company...

Polar Explorer Plans To Ride Bike To The South Pole

Polar Explorer Plans To Ride Bike To The South Pole Nov 7th, 2012 at 8:00AM: A journey to the South Pole is one of the more demanding and difficult endeavors on our planet and yet each year a number of adventurous souls undertake the challenge of crossing the Antarctic on foot. Most spend upwards of six weeks skiing across 700+ miles of snow and ice just so that they can get the opportunity to stand at the bottom of the world. But this year polar explorer Eric Larsen...

British Explorer To Attempt Winter Antarctic Crossing

British Explorer To Attempt Winter Antarctic Crossing Sep 22nd, 2012 at 8:00AM: British explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes is preparing for the expedition of a lifetime. The famed adventurer, who has already visited the North and South Pole, climbed Everest and ran seven marathons on seven continents in seven days, will soon undertake his most difficult journey of his illustrious career. In 2013, the 68-year-old will lead a team that will attempt to become the first to travel on...

British woman completes solo traverse of Antarctica

British woman completes solo traverse of Antarctica Jan 24th, 2012 at 8:00AM: British adventurer Felicity Aston completed her solo traverse of Antarctica yesterday, becoming the first person to accomplish that feat completely alone and under her own power. The journey took 59 days, and covered more than 1084 miles across the frozen continent. We first told you about Felicity's adventure back in November when she was still preparing to start the expedition, which began on...

Explorer Mark Wood reaches South Pole, completes first half of journey

Explorer Mark Wood reaches South Pole, completes first half of journey Jan 17th, 2012 at 8:00AM: Back in November, we told you about British adventurer Mark Wood, who was preparing to set out on an epic adventure. Mark was hoping to become the first person to make back-to-back journeys to the North and South Pole on foot, and at the time he was getting ready to travel to Antarctica to start his expedition. Fast forward a few months, and Wood has now reached the South Pole, successfully...

Photo of the day - On the rocks

Photo of the day - On the rocks Dec 15th, 2011 at 6:00PM: Not many of us will have the chance to visit Antarctica, especially with the new heavy-fuels ban introduced this year to protect the environment around the Southern Ocean. Next season only about 25,000 tourists are expected, about the same who visit Walt Disney World every DAY. Unless you are joining an adventure travel group like Quark Expeditions or happen to be an explorer like our own Jon...

Ghosts of Scott and Amundsen still haunt the South Pole

Ghosts of Scott and Amundsen still haunt the South Pole Dec 14th, 2011 at 9:30AM: Exactly 100 years ago today, Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen became the first man to reach the South Pole, effectively ending a race that he had been engaged in for years with his British rival, Robert Falcon Scott. Both men had been eager to become the first to plant his country's flag at 90ºS, and in doing so, they created one of the most indelible and tragic stories in the history of...

British woman attempting solo crossing of Antarctica

British woman attempting solo crossing of Antarctica Nov 23rd, 2011 at 8:00AM: 33-year old British adventurer Felicity Aston is preparing to set out on an epic journey that is guaranteed to push her to both her physical and mental limits. In just a few days, she'll set out to do what no other woman has ever done – complete a solo and unsupported crossing of Antarctica on foot. Felicity's adventure will begin on the Ross Ice Shelf, where she'll start a 248 mile trek...

Explorer to make back-to-back journey to North and South Pole

Explorer to make back-to-back journey to North and South Pole Nov 13th, 2011 at 9:00AM: British adventurer Mark Wood is currently in Punta Arenas, Chile where he is preparing to start an epic journey. If all goes as planned, later this week, Mark will fly to the Antarctic, where he'll begin a four-month odyssey that will take him to both the North and South Poles back-toback. While he certainly won't be the first person to visit those two remote places, he does hope to become the...

National Geographic Traveler announces 2011 Tours of a Lifetime

National Geographic Traveler announces 2011 Tours of a Lifetime Apr 22nd, 2011 at 8:00AM: National Geographic Traveler magazine has announced its annual list of their picks for Tours of a Lifetime, selecting 50 fantastic journeys to the far flung corners of the globe. For each of the past six years, Traveler has examined thousands of tours in a variety of categories, including volunteer vacations, family friendly trips, small-ship voyages, and adventure travel. From all of those...

Swedish explorer hopes to go Pole2Pole in one year

Swedish explorer hopes to go Pole2Pole in one year Apr 9th, 2011 at 8:00AM: Earlier this week, Swedish explorer Johan Ernst Nilson set out on an ambitious, 12-month long journey that will see him travel from the North Pole to the South Pole in a completely carbon neutral manner. The so called Pole2Pole will use skis, dogsleds, sailboats, and a bike to accomplish its goals. This past Tuesday, Nilson was shuttled by helicopter to the North Pole, where he embarked on his...

Norwegian yacht goes missing off Antarctica

Norwegian yacht goes missing off Antarctica Feb 23rd, 2011 at 11:30AM: A Norwegian-flagged yacht known as the Berserk has gone missing off the coast of Antarctica after activating its emergency rescue beacon yesterday. The 14-meter, steel hulled ship was last known to be sailing rough seas in the Southern Ocean approximately 18 nautical miles north of the Scott Research Base and was believed to have been carrying as many as five passengers at the time. Rescues...

Skier sets South Pole speed record

Skier sets South Pole speed record Jan 23rd, 2011 at 8:00AM: Norwegian explorer Christian Eide has set a new speed record for traveling to the South Pole on skis, smashing the previous record by more than two weeks and setting a new standard for Antarctic expeditions to follow. Eide set out from Hercules Inlet, located along the Antarctic coast, on December 20th of last year and proceeded due south towards the Pole, a journey of more than 700 miles....

South Pole scientists activate IceCube neutrino observatory

South Pole scientists activate IceCube neutrino observatory Dec 26th, 2010 at 11:00AM: The South Pole may be as geographically far away from Santa's home as is possible, but that didn't prevent Christmas from coming early to the scientific base that is located there. Last week, researchers completed construction of the IceCube Project, which has been five years in the making and promises an unprecidented look into the very nature of the cosmos. The IceCube Neutrino Observatory...

2012 Antarctic expedition to visit Scott's final resting place

2012 Antarctic expedition to visit Scott's final resting place Dec 1st, 2010 at 8:30AM: British polar explorer Robert Falcon Scott is amongst the most tragic of all 20th century historical figures. In an era where exploration was a matter of national pride, he spent a significant portion of his life attempting to become the first person to reach the South Pole. And when he did finally make it to that place, he found that he had been beaten, by just a few weeks, by his Norwegian rival...

British explorer to ski to South Pole and back again

British explorer to ski to South Pole and back again Nov 15th, 2010 at 8:00AM: British adventurer Chris Foot is currently in Punta Arenas, Chile, preparing to set out on a long and difficult journey that will see him traveling on skis to the South Pole. That, in and of itself, is an impressive feat, but one that has done plenty of times in the past. But upon arrival at the Pole Chris intends to separate himself from the explorers who have gone before him, by turning around...

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