Double Olympic gold medallist James Cracknell, TV presenter Ben Fogle and Doctor Ed Coats compete in one of the world’s greatest challenges – the 2009 race to the South Pole - the first organised race since Scott and Amundsen almost 100 years ago.
The challenge they face is immense: a 500 mile cross country skiing race to the South Pole, on the windiest, coldest, highest and driest continent in the world; winds of almost 50 and 100mph, constant daylight, temperatures as low as minus 50ºc and a steadily increasing altitude up to the equivalent of 4,000m.
If that wasn’t enough, they must survive each other’s company, day in and day out, for up to 45 days. And on top of that, they have to train their bodies to face the harshest conditions known to man, pull a sled behind them weighing almost 170lbs, escape deadly crevasses, stuff their bodies with over 6,000 calories a day, and ski for up to 18 hours a day.
Have they got what it takes to win the race?
James Cracknell and Ben Fogle attempt to race to the South Pole. The duo start their training. They learn to cope with extreme cold and wind in a climatic chamber, expose themselves to hypothermia and, most importantly, find their third team member - actor Jonny Lee Miller.
Together, the three polar novices attend the first race training session in Norway. Here, they start to learn basic cold weather survival skills needed to cope with the constant cold of Antarctica. And crucially, they begin to bond as a team. But will they be able to marry three busy careers with all the training and preparation required to face the worlds coldest, windiest and highest continent?
Rls Date : 28 June 2009
Air Date : 28 June 2009
Format : PDTV
Resolution: 640 X 352
Audio : 128 ish VBR
Size : 50 Files 700MB
Genre : Documentary
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