Happy New Year!
So the New Year has well and truly began and the festive celebrations now seem like a distant memory. The team have been working hard behind the scenes over the last few weeks and thought it was high time to bring you up to speed with our latest developments and exciting new challenges and events for 2016!
Firstly, 2015 was an immensely successful year for the HSX Antarctica team. Not only did the team compete in four truly arduous challenges, but made some positive steps towards our ultimate goal, getting to the South Pole, none of which would be possible without the support from you all.
As the team look back over the past 12 months of our training, we’ve really racked up the miles, taking part in weekends across the UK, including the Cairngorms, Lake District and North Wales. The culmination of our training was our trip to the French Alps, spending our first Christmas away together as team, as we spent a sun-drench week in Alpe d’Huez honing our ski skills. We’ve got to meet lots of people attending numerous events at Schools and Scout Groups across Hampshire, inspiring the next generation of adventurers.
The team have been actively pursuing sponsorship opportunities, contacting companies across the length and breadth of the country. In October we were pleased to partner with 3 Men and a Marquee, Hampshire’s premier wedding marquee company.
In December, the team joined up with Osprey Europe. We will shortly be taking stock of our new Osprey Variant 37 packs, which we will be putting through their paces on our Ski Touring course in the Cairngorms in February. The team is really excited to be joined by such a well-known brand, and look forward to working with them over the next few years.
Whilst the team is in discussions with a number of other companies, we’re still working hard to explore all avenues of potential sponsorship. If you think you can help, please check out our sponsorship page for more details on how to get in contact with the team.
Challenges for 2016
Building upon the success of last year, the Antarctica team will be participating in two tough challenges this year.
Following the resounding success of the Clarendon Way ultra-marathon and our half Iron-man, the first event will be the Jurassic Coast Challenge! Over the weekend of 6th-8th May, the team will be completing three marathons in three days, in the stunning scenery of Dorset’s Jurassic Coast. In addition to covering the gruelling 26.2 miles each day, the team will be averaging 900m of accent along the undulating coast between Charmouth and Studland. Staying at local Scout huts along the way, the team will be giving inspirational talks to the young people in the local villages in the evenings.
Our second challenge of the year will see the team competing against HSX members for previous expeditions, in HSX v HSX Antarctica! Featuring members from our pervious expeditions, including Everest summiteers and Kilimanjaro veterans, the team will compete in a tyre dragging race, completing laps of the Hampshire countryside. Similar to physiology tests the team faced on the 200 climbs and Welsh 3,000’s, this challenge will test the team’s stamina and mental resilience, pushing us to our physical limits. Taking place over the weekend of 20th-21st August the exact location will be revealed closer to the time, so make sure to stay tuned for future updates.
If you like your events a little less strenuous, the team have that covered too!
On Saturday 18th June the team will be will be hosting a Summer Gala. This event will include inspirational talks from an external adventure speaker, hog roast, professional DJ and inside a luxury marquee kindly donated to us by 3 Men and a Marquee. We are busy making arrangements for the event, with the exact line-up announced over the coming months.
So hopefully now you have plenty to fill your diary with, the team would love to see you at these events and really appreciate your ongoing support on their quest to the South Pole.