Tuesday, February 22, 2011


Remember the two guys who kayaked 3318 kilometres unassisted across the Tasman Sea from Australia all the way to New Zealand? For years they have been promising their next big adventure, and now they've finally announced their plans. James Castrission and Justin Jones will next attempt to walk from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole and back again….unassisted. 

Walking alone and carrying their own provisions (weighing about 200kgs each), these two Australians will attempt this ominous world-first from November 2011. Not only will this be the first ever unsupported return journey, they will also be the youngest team to reach the Pole. Previously, Jon Muir, Peter Hillary and Eric Phillips attempted the return journey in 1998. They reached the South Pole after 84 days on the ice and didn’t complete the return. Kiwi adventurers Kevin Biggar and Jamie Fitzgerald also attempted the return journey in 2007. Their attempt was also unsuccessful.

The entire route will traverse 2200km return, being 1100km from Hercules Inlet to the South Pole. So tough is this expedition, history records just 58 people having man-hauled to the South Pole, compared with the 4800 who have stood on the summit of Mt Everest.

These two guys have incredible tenacity and a love of adventure.  Their crossing of the Tasman is testament to that. They are meticulous planners and fully understand the concept of ‘risk minimisation’ when it comes to adventuring.  They are also 2 of the most level headed blokes you could hope to meet.

Adventure is their business. Follow their latest here:

Good luck guys.