The North Pole in winter. -50 degrees. Mobile and unstable sea ice. Complete darkness. The story of two men struggling to survive and succeed in one of the most ambitious unsupported polar expeditions ever developed.
Here's what will happen:
There are only a handful of polar expeditions in history which have ventured into the polar winter. Beginning in December 2012, as part of a two-phase landmark expedition, two men will travel into the darkness.
Between mid-December 2012 and mid-March 2013, Alex Hibbert and Justin Miles will each haul over 400kg the length of the Nares Strait and then return unsupported. The purpose is to lay and prepare depots for a subsequent phase with the uiltimate goal of reaching the North Pole unsupported in winter. This has never been achieved. The Pole has also never been reached from Greenland - the final main route as yet untravelled.
(Filmed earlier this year on an arctic documentary location. (c) Matt Pycroft)
The route for the first phase will cover up to 900 miles over fractured and mobile sea ice between the cliffs and glaciers of Ellesmere Island and North-West Greenland. The pair will set out from the Greenlandic Inuit village of Qaanaaq and travel north to the edge of the Arctic Ocean, before returning. The sea ice through these narrow straits is amongst the most dynamic and technically demanding in the world.
In the winter of 2013/14, the team will return and make their unsupported winter attempt on the North Pole using the route forged the winter before, hauling up to 1900 miles over seven months.
But, this is about telling the story. The expedition itself is funded and confirmed. The pair will fly north on 10 Dec 2012. Your input will help us:
- Create a documentary film to be widely distributed
- Produce a book to accompany (Dark Ice Part I in mid-2013 and Part II in mid-2014)
- Create a collection of unprecedented still photographs for publishing and exhibition
As the headline part of the project, the film will rely on the following aspects to succeed:
- Testing and modification of the best equipment for filming on location
- The ninety days on the ice will give plenty of time to shoot footage, record our experiences and record sound to tell the story!
- All the footage will need to be logged and made into a rough cut
- With editors, graphic designers, musicians and other post production experts, the project will start to take shape
- The final film itself will be finally released after months of tireless effort - for all to enjoy!
The target is chosen to allow the various aspects to happen, but this isn't the limit - the more we're funded, the better the result!
It will make all the difference. Thank you and spread the word!
More information and the many ways to interact can be found at www.darkiceproject.com
The best way to contact us is via the site or directly on twitter @alexhibbert
The team, Alex Hibbert and Justin Miles between them combine hundreds of days of experience in the Arctic, two published books and photography published internationally.
Risks and challenges
Film-making and producing the accompanying story via the accompanying book, production stills photography and social media outreach is demanding enough without the fact that it will have to be undertaken in the most hostile conditions on Earth. The support of the community is vital to allow this mammoth task to succeed.
The two main risks we face are:
- Equipment failure which leads to not being able to record the footage and sound needed to make a film and also the supporting parts of the project.
- Running over the estimated release dates for the expedition, film and supporting parts
We aim to minimise these risks by:
- Taking a full compliment of extreme-weather tested and sealed equipment with spares and redundancy to make sure we can collect footage.
- Making sure that benefits and value start to develop continuously and that delays are promptly communicated. The expedition itself is confirmed and booked to launch on the 10th Dec 2012 and whilst the exact film release date (and that of the book) is not set in stone, advance clips and teasers can be released in the meantime to whet the appetite and make sure those who support the project are rewarded!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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