Extreme Logistics

Crossing the Ice

January 5, 2012
/ Print / Reprints /
ShareMore
/ Text Size+
The Low-Down:  
South Pole Mountains

Throughout the history of the world, no one has ever successfully walked from the edge of Antarctica to the South Pole and back without any assistance.

However, since this past November, two young Australian adventurers have been attempting to do just that—all within a three-month time span. 

James Castrission, better known as Cas, and Justin Jones, nicknamed Jonesy, have set out on the adventure of a lifetime to not only rewrite history books, but also defeat a disease that has ended millions of lives.

By raising funds for Sony Foundation’s You Can, a campaign focused on minimizing teenage cancer diagnoses and deaths in Australia, the pair will use their passion for adventure to further a cause that is far more significant than any historical expedition.

“In doing this expedition we are [determined] to help create a better future for young Australians with cancer,” states Castrission via his blog, casandjonesy.com.au. 

To successfully complete their journey and acquire $15 million for the development of Australian-based cancer facilities, Cas and Jonesy will need to overcome countless challenges, including weather conditions.

While enduring regular temperatures of -50° F or less, Cas and Jonesy will also have to ski approximately 2,220 km and sled-haul gear, food, and other materials that weigh more than 200 kg each.

As if such pressing concerns were not enough, before the journey even began, the team had another challenge that was impossible to ignore—logistics.

How could the pair possibly transport over 400 kg of cargo from Sydney, Australia, to the Antarctic Shelf? Fortunately, through the logistical services of two organizations—Travelscene American Express and LAN Airlines—Cas and Jonesy received the support they needed to ensure their journey had a successful beginning.

Travelscene American Express arranged the adventurers’ flight from Australia to Buenos Aires with assistance from LAN Airlines, which is based in Santiago, Chile. Once Cas and Jonesy—along with their 400 kg of luggage—landed in South America, they were able to board a Russian cargo plane known as the Ilyushin 76.

The plane flew the pair from Buenos Aires to Union Glacier, Antarctica. Upon arriving in Antarctica, Cas and Jonesy boarded a Twin Otter and flew to the edge of the Ronne-Filchner Ice Shelf, where their expedition began.

“Getting ready for a record-breaking polar expedition has so many levels of planning involved,” says Castrission during an interview with Travelscene American Express. “Knowing [the transport] of 400 kg [of cargo] to South America was taken care of made [a] world of difference.”  wt

 

Check it out:

http://casandjonesy.com.au

www.youtube.com/watch?v=dMGCp0c1eCo

Recent Articles by Chris Lewis

You must login or register in order to post a comment.

Multimedia

Videos

Image Galleries

Five Wearable Manufacturing Technologies of the Future

Video applications, Employee Monitoring, Field service, Plant monitoring, Improving employee safety.

For more manufacturing insights, visit www.exactonline.com.

 

Podcasts

Assurance of Supply: A Top Concern for Manufacturers

Every manufacturer has an assurance of supply problem to some extent due to the complexity of global sourcing. For years, manufacturers were blessed with high margins but margins have grown paper thin. You can’t fill up your distribution centers with excess inventory – not only is there a cost factor but the pace of business and consumer buying trends causes goods to quickly turn obsolete. Assurance of supply provides the speed and agility that is essential to being able to compete in today’s market.

 

Speaker info: Diane Palmquist, VP Manufacturing Industry Solutions

                                         

More Podcasts

World Trade 100 Magazine

wt october 2014

2014 October

Check out the October 2014 edition of World Trade WT100, featuring our cover story: Logistics Drives Site Selection, plus much more!

Table Of Contents Subscribe

Transportation Capacity

As peak season has gotten underway, what is your experience with transportation capacity?
View Results Poll Archive

WT100 STORE

world-class-warehousing.gif
World-Class Warehousing and Material Handling, 1st Edition

Filled with proven operational solutions, it will guide managers as they develop a warehouse master plan, one designed to minimize the effects of supply chain inefficiencies as it improves logistics accuracy and inventory management - and reduces overall warehousing expense.

More Products

Clear Seas Research

Clear Seas ResearchWith access to over one million professionals and more than 60 industry-specific publications,Clear Seas Research offers relevant insights from those who know your industry best. Let us customize a market research solution that exceeds your marketing goals.

STAY CONNECTED

Use our interactive maps to locate service providers across North America.Interactive Map

Logistics Development Partners 

IWLA Members