In December 2010, Corvus CEO, Andrew Regan lead a 10 man team on the first ever there-and-back crossing of the Antarctic continent, setting a new record and taking the first bio-fuelled vehicle to the South Pole.
The 10-man team left Union Glacier on 25 November and arrived, via the Geographic South Pole, on the Ross Ice Shelf on 9 December. They then retraced their tracks and completed the return journey on 17 December. In all they covered nearly 4,000 km and travelled for 20 days, 12 hours and 30 minutes.
The expedition team traveled in three vehicles. The Winston Wong Bio-Inspired Ice Vehicle (BIV) lead the way. Bio-fuelled, the BIV is an agile route-finder.. Two 6-wheeled Science Support Vehicles operated as mobile laboratories and carried the team and the state-of-the-art monitoring equipment from Imperial College London.
It is 100 years since Norwegian Amundsen stood at the South Pole, just beating Scott’s ill-fated expedition. The fascination and challenge of crossing earth’s coldest, windiest and driest continent continues. The expedition traveled in the spirit of sheer adventure and human challenge, but is committed to raising environmental awareness and facilitating the gathering of new knowledge.