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South Pole Kiting Expedition

45 day expedition

Dates: December, January
(final dates depend on flight schedule into Antarctica)

Cost: $65,000 USD(2004)
Plus $5,000 for kiting equipment
(from Punta Arenas, Chile)

Maximum Group Size: 6

Kiting in Antarctica

Travel in the footsteps of Amundsen, Shackleton and Scott across Antarctica from the South Pole to the edge of the Antarctic continent. We begin our kiting expedition at the Geographic South Pole and travel 1,110 kilometers across the undulating vastness of the Antarctic ice cap to reach Hercules Inlet on the edge of the Ronne Ice Shelf. Our expedition begins at the end of November at the height of the Antarctic summer: an unforgettable experience – the sun shines 24 hours per day, the prevailing winds are from the southwest at the perfect strength for kiting and the temperature fluctuates between -10 to -20 C. The untouched splendor of this vast continent is beyond words.

The expedition is guided by Paul Landry and Eric McNair-Landry. Eric is part of the young generation of kiters: comfortable with a kite on snow with skis, on water with a surf board and in a buggy on a beach. Eric has kite-skied extensively on Frobisher Bay, Baffin Island and across the Greenland Icecap. In summer we can’t keep him out of the buggies. He’s kite-surfed at the world re-known kite surfing beach at Cabarete, Dominican Republic. Paul has been to the South Pole twice and the North Pole three times. Paul used kites on his 2002 South Pole expedition, completing the journey in 46 days. Visit the ‘Kids & Kites on Ice’ Greenland crossing web site at www.kidsonice.ca.

Prerequisites: Must be in excellent physical condition and in good health. Cross country ski skills, kiting and basic winter camping experience are required. We will ask for a detailed resume of your health, phyiscal fitness, skill level and previous expedition experience before accepting you on the expedition. You will also need evacuation insurance.Due to the extreme remoteness of this expedition and the astronomical cost of evacuations we ask that you fill out a detailed resume of your health, physical fitness, skill level and previous expedition experience. You must also have evacuation insurance.

3.5 meter Freestyle Kite
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Polar expeditions are a combination of mental attitude, physical stamina and skills. You must be in top physical condition with a mental determination of steel. Cross-country skiing skill is a must for efficient polar travel. On the kiting expedition,you can expect: when there is wind, we will kite as long as we can,8, 10 12. . . hours. On windless days we pull pulks wighing 60 - 70 kg for 6 - 8 hours per day. If you are a person who embraces challenges and has a sense of humor when the going gets tough, you will truly enjoy the experience of traveling in Antarctica.