Patrick Bergel, completed what his Great Grandfather Ernest Shackleton, started over 100 years ago by achieving the first crossing of the coldest & driest continent on earth by car, in a Arctic Trucks modified Hyundai Santa Fe.
The 30-day expedition, facilitated by Hyundai Motor, saw Patrick and small team take on almost 5,800km of icy terrain in bitter conditions. They not only had to cover extreme distances at temperatures down to minus 28-degrees Celsius but also had to plot new paths on floating ice caps that have never been travelled by wheeled vehicle before.
30-day route from Union Camp to McMurdo – almost 5,800km
Inspired by Shackleton’s heroic
Trans-Antarctic journey of 1914-17
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One of Antarctica’s most experienced driving experts, Gisli Jónsson from Arctic Trucks was tasked with managing the vehicle’s preparation before the event and then led the expedition out in the Antarctic.
Jónsson explained: “People who have a lot of experience of Antarctica know what it does to machinery: basically, anything and everything falls apart,”
“This was the first time this full traverse has ever been attempted, let alone doing it there and back”
100 YEAR EXPEDITION
The expedition was inspired by Shackleton’s heroic Trans-Antarctic journey of 1914-17 when, having been beaten to the Pole by Roald Amundsen, he tried to become the first to cross the continent. His ship sank in pack ice, but the heroic explorer and five men sailed 800 miles over open, stormy sea to South Georgia, from where a successful rescue could be launched.