Check out the segment that KPAX TV aired on our involvement with The Coldest Journey. As you may have heard, Sir Ranulph Fiennes is leading a team of explorers to conquer the last great polar challenge: crossing Antarctica in winter. Their remarkable attempt aims to raise $10m for Seeing is Believing, and we’re thrilled that ColdAvenger is involved. Dennis Bragg of KPAX News says when referring to the expedition, “Missoula-based Talus Outdoor Technologies’ popular ColdAvenger masks will be a key piece of the gear. The company’s Phil Stempin said Fiennes’ team researched the top gear in the world and chose Talus after testing out its products.” Watch the rest of the story by clicking on the image below.
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We are excited about the upcoming expeditions from Polar Explorers. At the end of January, the team returned to civilization from the frozen South Pole, where the Cold Avengers were a critical accessory.
What’s coming up for Polar Explorers? How about retracing the Shackleton Crossing from the 1916 infamous rescue on South Georgia Island?
Stay tuned for more amazing stories from the Antarctic circle.
YES! Thanks, Keith for the great photos.
Keith had this to say about ColdAvenger:
“ColdAvenger -28C wow thats cold thanks ColdAvenger for keeping me warm.”
“Staying warm in extreme locations like the South Pole is made easy with the right gear. Thanks ColdAvenger for making it happen and allowing us to thrive. I am ColdAvenger. Are you?” – Keith H
Here’s the team:
Thank you, Polar Explorers. Your achievements are humbling! Glad to be a part.
What’s your version of challenge? What’s your New Year’s resolution? Lose a few pounds? Clean the bathroom?
How about trek to the South Pole? How about leading a team of adaptive athletes on custom-made sit-skis as they make history - Pushing to the South Pole?
Doug Stoup is founder and expedition leader of Ice Axe Expeditions, which leads adventurers, skiers and riders to Antarctica and Spitsbergen, Norway. Doug boasts many first descents, including the first ski and snowboard descent of the highest peak in Antarctica (Vinson Massif, 16,044 ft). Having led 20 expeditions to Antarctica and 10 to the Arctic Ocean, Doug is today’s most traveled polar explorer.
And now he is taking it one further, teaming up with John Davis – two-time Paralympic gold medalist in the Lillehammer and Nagano Winter Games – and Grant Korgan, a world-class kayaker and adventurer. Both Davis and Korgan are athletes with spinal cord injuries.
On January 17, 2012, for the first time in history, the team will push the limits and themselves to the most inhospitable place on the planet – the South Pole. The chosen date marks the 100-year anniversary when Captain Robert Falcon Scott’s Terra Nova expedition reached the earth’s most remote spot.
ColdAvenger is sending even more cold weather masks to the poles! We’ve added Polar Explores to our athlete team.
Polar Explorers is the premiere polar guiding company, helping individuals from around the world achieve their dreams of standing at the North or South Pole, or exploring other exotic destinations in the high Arctic or Antarctic. They have been guiding polar expeditions for more than 15 years and have led a combined 40+ polar expeditions and adventures.
They have been featured on Outdoor Life Network and on “BBQ with Bobbie Flay” on the Food Network, and in countless magazines and journals across the country, including National Geographic, Men’s Journal, Time Magazine, and Men’s Health.
They will be outfitting their guides with the ColdAvenger Pro and Expedition Balaclava as they trek all over the cold and frozen parts of the world. Check out their list of expedition destinations! And they have a list of all of the folks the call the Pioneers, who have journeyed where few others have. Go see if it’s anyone you know!
100 years ago Roald Amundsen and a team of four determined men planted the Norwegian flag at the South Pole, the first people to ever make that journey.Their expedition was careful, extremely precise, and perfectly executed. While they made the journey and back with little incident, their rivals in the race to the pole, the British team, paid the ultimate price and died in the effort.
Today, several brave explorers are following the path that Amundsen forged in 1911, recreating that historic trek across the bottom of the planet. And many are learning the travails of such a difficult adventure. Many of the teams have been forced to abandon their attempt. Here’s an excerpt from a piece in the Washington Post about the effort:
“Fierce, icy winds have delayed some of the teams skiing across Antarctica with the aim of reaching the geographic South Pole for the anniversary celebration on Wednesday. Some explorers gave up and were picked up by airplane so they could make it in time for the ceremony, according to their blogs and the Norwegian Polar Institute.”
We are proud to say that ColdAvenger Team member Felicity Aston continues her battle to the pole. She won’t make the ceremony, but she is determined to finish the challenge, despite the tough conditions. The Expedition Balaclava is helping her on her way.
“It’s a bit of a shame because originally I was hoping to arrive by the 14th … and I hear there’s going to be a bit of a party, but unfortunately I’ll still be out here skiing, so I’m going to miss the party,” Aston told the Associated Press.
And if you want an in-depth look at the historic 1911 expedition, the New York Times did a great story about it today.