Expedition to the Antarctic
ABOUT THE EXPEDITION
EXPEDITION TO THE END OF THE WORLD – TO THE SOUTH POLE
Through the coldest, driest, and most windy continent – the Antarctic. Solo, unassisted and without external support.
Around 1200 km - 750 miles
From the edge of the Antarctic continent through ice crevasses, mountains, and snowdrifts
Climbing up all the time
from 0 m above sea level at the coast of the Antarctic Weddell Sea to the South Pole at 2 835 m/9 301 ft. above sea level
50-60 days of continuous march
facing winds of up to 100 km/h, pulling a sled with more than 100 kg of supplies, in temperatures that can fall down to – 30C (-22F)
HERCULES INLET – SOUTH POLE
I will walk from the edge of the continent, through the Antarctic ice sheet, to the South Pole.
I will start in the Hercules Inlet, at the edge of the Ronne Ice Shelf, next to the Ellsworth Mountains (with the highest peak of the Antarctic, Mount Vinson, 4982 m/16 050 ft. above sea level). I will climb up from the Weddell Sea level to the Antarctic plateau, gradually reaching 2 835 m/ 9 301 ft. above sea level at the South Pole (which feels like 3610 m (11,843 ft.) in the mountains in Europe – the atmosphere layer is thinner and the air pressure is lower over the South Pole). Half way I will cross between the Thiel and Penansola Mountains, getting to the other side of the Transantarctic Mountains which divide East Antarctica and West Antarctica.
I will ski for approximately 1200 km during 50-60 days, and pull a 100kg+ sled with all my supplies of food and equipment needed to survive in the Antarctic for 2 months.
On the way I will encounter ice crevasses, snowdrifts, and huge sastrugi (wind-formed ridges and waves of frozen snow)
I will walk 20 km a day, in difficult surface conditions, facing winds that come straight from the pole with 3B (3-5 m/s) speed, and facing temperature -20C (-4F)
Hurricane winds of up to 100km/h that bring blizzards, whiteout, and temperature drops to -30C (-22F), and ice crevasses – in particular close to Hercules Inlet and Thiel Mountains) -will be the biggest threat.
In those latitudes one has to be self-sufficient, deal with every fault on their own, and be prepared for sudden changes in weather.
Marek Kaminski is the only Pole who reached the South Pole in a solo expedition (in 1995 and in 1997, during an attempted traverse of the Antarctic).
An enthusiast of cave climbing and expeditions in Polar Regions: Iceland, Svalbard and the Antarctic
I took part in discovering new caves in the Picos de Europa mountains in Spain, and made it to the bottom of the deepest cave in this range: Sistema del Hou de la Canal Parda at -903 m/-2963 ft.
I climbed in winter, wearing cross-country skis, Newtontoppen, the highest peak of Svalbard at 1717 m/5633 ft. above sea level, hauling a sled with the expedition equipment and food. I skied solo with a sled for 120 km across the biggest ice plateau in Europe, Hardagervidda in Norway.
An experienced sailor, I took part in many polar sailing expeditions where we circled i.a. Svalbard, Cape Horn, and sailed to the Antarctic.
I was awarded a prize for ‘outstanding sport achievement’ by the Polish Sport and Tourism Administration.
My favourite colour is blue.
I adore the vastness and beauty of harsh, polar landscape of the Arctic and Antarctic
Hobby: canoeing, mountain trekking, and travelling in regions very remote from civilisation. When not taking part in another expedition – I enjoy gardening and DIY
A few years ago I fell for the South Pole.
Now is the time to face the challenge:-)