It’s been another busy week here at the Cicerone office. I’ve just returned from a trip to Brussels to meet a new Cicerone author, Dixie Dansercoer.
Dixie is the author of a forthcoming handbook aimed at anyone planning a North or South Pole expeditions. He has joined, led and guided expeditions since 1993, and I met him at a press conference to launch his latest expedition Antarctic ICE, which begins on the 4th November.
Dixie and his expedition partner Sam Deltour are embarking on the longest autonomous expedition ever in Antarctica, planning to cover for than 6000km in 100 days.
It was a busy event, with TV cameras and journalists each jostling for the best shot, and trying not to miss anything. During the conference, I got to hear about what day-to-day life is like on the ice, and the scientific research they will be carrying out. We even got the opportunity to sample some of the food plaques they will be carrying with them on their journey, giving them the much needed 5000 calories per day.
They will each pull a sled that weighs a mind-blowing 190kg containing tents, camping equipment, food, clothing and all other equipment. The expedition will be totally autonomous, so everything they need for their 100-day journey will be carried in their sleds.
Dixie and Sam will be updating their blog on a regular basis, so you can follow them on their amazing journey.
Polar Exploration is due to be published in Spring 2012