Antarctic trip is under way

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A SPORTS science technician from the University of Portsmouth is part of a six-man team which is beginning the first ever attempt to cross the Antarctic during winter.

Geoff Long is currently on board SA Agulhas with Sir Ranulph Fiennes. As a senior technician, Geoff will carry out technical work, as well as testing the kit, which includes clothing, skis, and Caterpillar tractor units towing cabooses and fuel, to make sure it is working before the team set off.

They will be covering the route travelled in Sir Fiennes’ Transglobe Expedition of 1979-1982. The trip will take up to nine months, with the team due to arrive in the Antarctic in February.

While they are there, the team will undertake valuable scientific work to support the work that is normally carried out by scientists from across the globe in summer.