Which of you have never dreamt of adventures and fantastic exploits? For most of us, those dreams are still just dreams but there’re yet some people who managed to make their dreams come true.
In December, 2011 seven experienced travelers decided to subjugate the Antarctic. Each of them has travelled a lot in their life around the world but none of them has ever been to the South Pole.
The expedition was scheduled for December, 3rd. They planned to reach the South Pole by December, 16th and hoist the national flag of Kazakhstan there. They bought everything they might need in Cape Town.
The expedition was timed to the 20th anniversary of independence of Kazakhstan and the 100th anniversary since Roald Amundsen, a Norwegian explorer of polar regions, discovered the South Pole in December, 1911.
The members of the expedition at Novolazarevskaya Station, a Russian, formerly Soviet, Antarctic research station located at Schirmacher Oasis, Queen Maud Land, 75 km from the Antarctic coast. It was opened on January 18th, 1961 by the 6th Soviet Antarctic Expedition.
Novo Aerodrome. This is where the expedition was to start from.
The aerodrome’s hotel.
They had to pack their food (canned food, fast food, frozen convenience foods) and fuel.
There was just one gas station on their way so they had to make sure they had enough fuel to reach the South Pole.
This mechanical engineer is from Iceland, he’s responsible for the vehicles. By the way, their Toyota Hilux and Prado were custom-redesigned in Iceland specially for the expedition (suspension, transmission, diesel engine). They also painted their trucks the color of the national flag of Kazakhstan.
Ready to go!
It was sunny and not very cold, just -27C. The Gamburtsev Mountain Range was the first obstacle on their way they had to overcome.