NANSENS CROSS. IT’S TIME.
Father and son-in-law pair, Geoff Wilson and Simon Goodburn are currently flying out to take on the expedition of a lifetime. Destination: Greenland.
The duo are looking to become the first Australians to cross Greenland (South to North) unsupported, and are looking to break a few records along the way.
Unsupported meaning they have to tow all of their supplies and belongings behind them in two expedition-pulk sleds weighing a sturdy 150 kilograms each, and they cant even accept a hot drink from anyone along the way. Not that they are expecting to come into contact with many people en route, aside from odd polar bear sighting.
Hailing from the Gold Coast on Australia’s east coast means there has been no snow to train in, so the boys have had to visualise the soft sand beaches as vast plains of snow and ice, and in place of sleds, which have already been shipped to Greenland, they’ve been hauling tyres.
Soon they would have traded their semi-tropical autumn starts for sub zero arctic conditions, and the flat sand for ice fields and deep crevasses – but they wouldn’t have it any other way – They are two incredibly inspiring Australians with their minds set on breaking records. Their love for adventure inspiring them and the goal to raise funds for McGrath Foundation keeping them focused and pushing them forward.
In the spirit of adventure and healthy rivalry, Geoff and Simon will be pursuing a number of records during their time in Greenland. They intend to:
- Achieve the First Australian team to make a successful South to North Crossing of Greenland.Secure the Fastest crossing of Greenland, South to North. (Record currently stands at 42 days. Held by E.McNair-Landry and S.Copeland, 2010.)
- Secure the Fastest crossing of Greenland, South to North. (Record currently stands at 42 days. Held by E.McNair-Landry and S.Copeland, 2010.)
- Break the record for the furthest distance travelled in a 24hour period, by kite power. (Record currently 595 kilometers. Held by E.McNair-Landry and S.Copeland, 2010.)
It was great to catch Geoff and Simon at their fundraiser before they flew out to Greenland. A sold out event at Balter where we sent them off in style! Plenty of food, beer and giveaways were flowing as we all partied for a worthy cause. There was also an amazing raffle on the night - with prizes such as a year’s supply of Balter beer and of course a PURE Shell jacket for a lucky winner!! And not to mention, all proceeds from the night went directly to the McGrath Foundation.
Check back on the 5th Element website. for daily progress reports directly from the boys once they touch down on the other side. All the best fella’s. It’s time.
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