Antarctic wrap-up: G'doo! Mr. Park arrives SP on green skidoo

Posted: Jan 29, 2011 03:40 am EST

(By Correne Coetzer) Park Young-seok and his skidoo team arrived at the South Pole on January 28 at 6 am Chilean time (6 pm Korean time) after 41 days and 1130 km, reported Mr. Bae from the home team to ExplorersWeb. The Koreans last travel days were a race against time to beat ALEs cutoff date for their seasons close down.

More news about first ascent climbs (check out the "Ilyushinis") and Vinson summits.


The Korean expedition used only solar and wind power to travel the 1130 km from Hercules Inlet to the South Pole (90°S). According to them this is the first ever skidoo team arriving at the South Pole to have used eco-friendly power only.

It was not all easy going as high and dense sastrugi fields sometimes made the road dangerous.

Furthermore, many overcast and white-out days with no wind made solar charging impossible. Entering the Last Degree in overcast weather, fortunately the clouds disappeared and all systems charged, the team could reach the South Pole without being evacuated.

Mountain news

The last teams summited Vinson, among them International Mountain Guides and Alpine Ascents. They, together with other mountain teams (Adventure Consultants, First Ascent), were flown out to Punta Arenas.

Adventure Consultants reported that their three remaining climbers made use of their extended time at Union Glacier and continued to climb in the ranges surrounding the camp, notching up 11 first ascents in the end. AC guide Victor Saunders promised a more comprehensive report to follow.

FA reported that the day when they flew out the temperature was some 20 below, and the 30-knot winds made it feel much, much colder, ripping heat from exposed flesh with efficiency. But, for a huge jet landing on a strip of blue ice, a strong headwind is a nice thing, helping to slow the giant bird down.

Mr. Park is known for skiing from Hercules Inlet to the South Pole (unassisted, unsupported), skiing from Ward hunt Island to the North Pole (resupplied) and climbing the 14x8000ers and Seven Summits. In 2009 he designed a new route on the immense and difficult technical SW Face of Everest.

Mr. Bae is a television producer who works in SBS (Seoul Broadcasting System). He will be making a documentary film about Mr. Park and his team on their eco-friendly skidoos. The plan is to produce 4 films of 60 minutes to be broadcasted on SBS during May-June 2011.

The Korean Green Expedition Team: Leader Gu Ja Jun
Park Young Seok (Head Explorer)
Kang SeongKyu (Mechanic) - K2, Broad Peak, Aconcagua
Lee Yong Mook (Equipment) - Everest
Shin Dong Min (Rations Supervisor) - Everest Summit
Lee Yong Tack (Cameraman) - Everest
Kim Soo Hoon (Technical Engineer)

TV Crew:
Leader - Shin Un Hoon SBS Chief Producer (Everest, K2, North Pole)
Park Jin Yong - SBS Producer
Lee Dae Wook - SBS Correspondent
Bae Jung Hoon - SBS Culture PD
Gu Ja Hoon - Expedition Supporter

Kang Dong Seok / Kang Chul Won Coordinator
(Team courtesy of SBS)

Gateway port Cape Town, South Africa:
To ALCI/TAC base camp Novolazarevskaya / Novo
(70° 4637S, 011° 4926E).
Gateway port Punta Arenas, Chile, South America:
To ALE/ANI base camp, Union Glacier
(79° 45'S, 083° 14'W).
Gateway port Punta Christchurch, New Zealand:
To US base McMurdo
(77°50'39"S, 166°40'22"E)

Hercules Inlet South Pole
Unassisted, unsupported

Chris Foot (UK) website
Chris Foot (UK) daily updates

Christian Eide (Norway) website
Christian Eide Contact 5 site (map)

Hercules Inlet start
Assisted, Unsupported

Willem ter Horst (The Netherlands) with ANI guide Hannah McKeand (UK)
Willem ter Horst website
Willem ter Horst dispatches
Willem ter Horst Tweets

Indian Army with ANI guides Devon McDiarmid (Canada) and Svante Strand (Norway)
Team members: Anand Swaroop (leader), Bala Karthik, Arjun Kumar Thapa, Ram Singh, Khilap Singh, Tsewang Morup, Parsuram Gurung, Showkat Ahmad Mir

Mount Vinson

Team Latitude Tommy, Marit and Trond with guide Christian Eide
International Mountain Guides (IMG) with guides Phil Ershler, Greg Vernovage and Mike Hamill
Antarctic Logistics and Expeditions (ALE/ANI)
7 Summits Club with Alexander Abramov
Crina (Coco) Popescu with Alexander Abramov
Adventure Consultants led by Mark Sedon from New Zealand (Dec 1 17) and Victor Saunders from the UK (Dec 27 Jan 11)
Alan Arnette
Alpine Ascents
Michael Forsyth blog
Berg Adventures International
Mallory Expedition
First Ascent Guides: Ed Viesturs, Peter Whittaker, Seth Waterfall, Caroline George, Jack Norton, cinematographer Kent Harvey and 4 clients
Richard Parks 737 Challenge


Eco-friendly Korean team / SBS website
Eco-friendly Korean team / SBS Tweets

Other links:

CONTACT 5 expedition technology

Polar rules of Adventure
What is solo?
Hercules Inlet start point

Antarctic Logistics and Expeditions (ALE/ANI)
The Antarctic Company (TAC/ALCI)

#Mountaineering #Polar #topstory

The Korean skidoo expedition used only solar and wind power.
courtesy SBS Antarctica, SOURCE
The Koreans in the Last Degree (89°S). Weather was reportedly tough on the electrics.
courtesy SBS (Seoul Broadcasting System), SOURCE
Diagon Alley, First Ascent team member.
Image by Victor Saunders courtesy Adventure Consultants (over Contact 5), SOURCE
Nick Wilkinson and Dominic Jude on the Ilyushinist. Named after
Image by Victor Saunders courtesy Adventure Consultants (over Contact 5), SOURCE
The Ilyushin-76 at
Image by Christian Eide courtesy Latitude Expeditions (over Contact 5), SOURCE
Union Glacier 2010-11.
Image by Jack Norton, SOURCE