What is SPEAR17?


In November 2016 a six man team from the British Army Reserves will be dropped by ski plane on the coastline of Antarctica. From there they will attempt to ski over 1,100 miles unsupported across the polar continent to the Geographic South Pole. Once at the Pole the team will receive a re-supply of rations and fuel and continue onwards over the Titan Dome, down the Shackleton Glacier and onto the Ross Ice Shelf to complete a full traverse of Antarctica. A feat achieved by only 6 people so far.

Each man will be hauling an individual pulk weighing approx 160kg which will contain everything he needs to survive for 3 months on the ice pack. The team will be completely self sufficient and do not intend to receive any form of resupply or outside assistance until they reach the Pole. The team expect to arrive at the Pole by the end of December or early January and complete the full traverse by the end of January.

The team will face many challenges along the way including the harsh polar weather, crevasses, whiteout conditions, a climb from sea level to 10,000ft, isolation from the outside world and the constant mental and physical battle of manhauling their pulks across the ice. It will take every ounce of their strength and determination to reach their goal. Antarctica is the coldest (-93°C), windiest and most inhospitable place on the planet but also one of the most beautiful and rewarding places to travel in.

As a consequence of the expedition the team hope to raise £100,000 for the ABF The Soldiers' Charity, helping those service personnel that require it most.

Expedition Updates

Fundraising Progress

We hope to raise £100,000 for ABF The Soldiers' Charity. Please donate to this very worthy cause. So far we have raised £2,234 for ABF The Soldiers' Charity, which is 2.23% of our target.


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Latest Donations

£10 was donated by Linda Weller on 16 May 2016
Message from Linda Weller : Best of luck to the team

£50 was donated by Nick W on 10 May 2016
Message from Nick W: Good luck Lou and the rest of the team!

£100 was donated by Mike, Michelle, Faith and Monty on 03 May 2016
Message from Mike, Michelle, Faith and Monty: Good effort lads!

£55 was donated by Lynsey Hibbert on 30 Apr 2016
Message from Lynsey Hibbert: To my awesome brother Chris, looking forward to hearing all about it when you come visit us next year! sending you and your team mates lots of good luck and best wishes. Lyns, Steve, Lil & Dotty xxx

£10 was donated by Marcus George on 29 Apr 2016
Message from Marcus George: Good luck Chris Brooke! What a man i'm not sure I could bear it. All the best the rest of the team too.

Thank you all for your donations!

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Current Weather at the South Pole

The temperature is -63°C and the the wind speed is 10mph. Visibility is limited to 11.0km. Current weather: snow.

Last Updated on May 31, 6:00 AM NZST

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Introducing the Team

Expedition News

Medical Research on Ice

Tue, 22 Mar 2016
The SPEAR team will be taking on an extreme challenge. Many treks or expeditions are described like this, but when you think that more people have landed on the moon Continue Reading →

The Long Drag

Tue, 22 Dec 2015
Since starting my build-up preparation for Norway some months ago, I thought about working towards a goal – a personal challenge as a culmination of my training. The aim would Continue Reading →

Becoming Polar Strong

Sat, 05 Dec 2015
– Four elements and Four principles of strength training. Endurance athletes need to be strong. Why? It would be fair to say that the lines in the resistance training world Continue Reading →

Storm Clodagh

Sun, 29 Nov 2015
With storm Clodagh inbound it was time to head to the beach again for more tyre hauling training in preparation for Norway (and ultimately the Antarctic). Winds speed were due Continue Reading →

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