Coldest journey on earth

supported by Webasto

Webasto provides heat for antarctica expedition


Veteran polar explorer, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, will take on one of the last remaining polar challenges by attempting to cross Antarctica in winter – the coldest journey on Earth – with five colleagues and with the support of the Commonwealth.

On 21 March 2013, the equinox, the six expedition members will begin a six month journey to reach the Ross Sea. Their route from the Russian base of Novolazareskaya (‘Novo’) to Captain Scott’s base at McMurdo Sound – via the South Pole – will test the limits of human endurance. During this six month period the expedition team will travel nearly 4,000 kilometres, mostly in complete darkness in temperatures as low as -90°C. The expedition team will have to be entirely self-sufficient and there will be no search and rescue facility available, as aircraft cannot penetrate inland during winter, due to darkness and risk of fuel freezing.


The story

Snowy mountains

The aim of the expedition team is to complete ‘The Coldest Journey’ – the first-ever trans-Antarctic winter expedition.

During their sea voyage, the team will undertake a number of scientific tasks to provide unique data on marine life, oceanography and meteorology. Using the very latest technological innovations, this epoch-making journey will pave the way for a new dawn in Antarctic, year-round exploration.

Previously, the furthest any expedition has ever ventured into Antarctica during the winter is 60 miles. On this forthcoming journey, Sir Ranulph and his team will aim to cover 2,000 miles in six months, crossing the polar plateau at an average height of 10,000ft above sea level. 


Video: The Coldest Journey - a short video by Ian Prickett


Video: Cat Dig


The route




Crown Bay




Amundsen Scott


Ross Island


The support of Webasto - sponsors of the expedition

Webasto is alongside companies such as BBC, Panasonic and Microsoft sponsor of the "Coldest journey on earth".

Webasto have been chosen to supply both product and industry knowledge to aid the expedition. Webasto will provide their "Air Top" diesel powered interior heating systems and "Thermo 90ST" hot water system in the expedition's Caboose units. 

The Webasto range of Air Top heaters provide comfortable warmth in no time, thanks to the high performing diesel fuelled heating system. The larger Air Top Evo heaters are equipped as standard with an altitude sensor, ensuring the best performance whilst negotiating the extreme conditions. For provison of water during the expedition our Thermo 90ST is providing heat for a system that will be used to melt snow. The collected water is then stored for use later as and when require, with the Thermo 90ST system also being used to heat this water for showers & general everyday hot water requirements during the trip.


Pictures of the journey


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