British South Pole Expedition Update 5

Expedition Reaches the Pole!

On the 27th of December 2008 Adam Wilton and Gavin Booth reached the South Pole. Their unsupported, unassisted expedition from Hercules Inlet to the Geographic South Pole took 45 days 13 hours and 30 minutes.

It is only just starting to sink in that we are actually here and we are over the moon. On reaching the South Pole we believe that we have become only the 12th/13th Britons in history ever to make it to the South Pole from the edge of Antarctica unsupported (no resupply) and unassisted (man-hauling only). Since the start of our planning, it has been a five year journey to get here and we look forward to reflecting on what we have done.

On Christmas day, while most of us were eating and drinking too much, Adam and Gavin spent 12 hours pulling sleds across the Antarctic snow. This was followed by a gruelling 22 hour march starting on Boxing day, taking them to the South Pole at 0915 GMT on the 27th of December.

South Pole Space Station

Adam and Gavin have been rewarded with a tour of the US Amundsen-Scott scientific research base at the south pole. Where experiments measuring seismic activity and studies of the sky and atmosphere are taking place.

The base itself was like a space station inside and out, a remote scientific outpost.

Return from the South Pole

A Twin Otter plane took Adam and Gavin back to the Patriot Hills Camp. This flight took 5 hours and gave the intrepid explorers a chance to see how far they had hiked across the snow and ice of the Antarctic.


It is difficult to imagine the hardships endured on such an expedition, or the rewards that come with it. Our warmest congratulations go out to Adam and Gavin for their excellent achievement!

Adam and Gavin are hoping to raise £250,000 to help save Robert Falcon Scott’s hut.


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