On November 30th in London the British Services Antarctic Expedition was officially launched to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the heroic attempt on the South Pole by Captain Scott and his team in 1912.
The expedition will be the first joint forces expedition mounted to the mainland of the Antarctic Peninsula by the British Armed Services. Sailing from Chile in the 75 foot yacht Australis, the expedition will cross the infamous Drake Passage to the Antarctic Peninsula to explore its remote areas. The expedition also plans to make a series of daring ascents of previously unclimbed mountains in the region.
Expedition leader Paul Hart said that the incredible story of Captain Scott and his team is the inspiration behind the British Services Antarctic Expedition 2012, which hopes to raise £10,000 for the Help for Heroes charity.
Paul said, “Unlike other expeditions seeking to follow in Scott’s footsteps, we will travel in the spirit of Scott, but not in his tracks. Instead, and very much in the ethos of the 1910 to 1913 expedition, our aim will be to conduct scientific exploration in the Peninsula Arm of Antarctica, an area which is warming faster than anywhere else on the planet.”
For more information about the 2012 expedition visit www.bsae2012.co.uk

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