Dixie Dansercoer and Sam Deltour break world record on pioneering Antarctic expedition
Antarctic ICE Expedition is the longest unassisted and non-motorized expedition ever in Antarctica and advances in kite performance play a key role in World Record Antartic expedition. The pair covers more than 4800 km in 70 days and are still going!
Belgian polar explorers have broken the world record for the longest unassisted and non-motorized expedition in Antarctica. Dixie and Sam broke this record during their groundbreaking Antarctic ICE Expedition in East Antarctica, one of the last unexplored areas of our planet.
After 70 intense days on the ice, both polar travelers have progressed at least 4829,4 km (current position: 70° 14 ‘ 11 S – 97° 58 ‘ 28 E). Until today, this distance has never been achieved during an Antarctic expedition without resupplies. The previous record of 4804 km stood in the name of Rune Gjeldnes and dates back to December 2005. Just like Dixie and Sam, Gjeldnes made maximum use of kites and sled to be able to complete the distance without resupply. Both polar exploits involved the use of a fully loaded autonomous sled filled with tent, camping supplies, food, kites, clothes and other assorted expedition material.
Upon breaking this record by Rune Gjeldnes, Dixie and Sam emphasize in the first place their deepest respect for the previous record holder and the outstanding achievement of the Norwegian explorer: “Let’s not forget that Rune covered this distance totally alone on a solo expedition in 2005. Just like Rune, we have made maximum use of wind energy with help from newly developed kites. Such an achievement demands enormous
Both Sam and Dixie are extremely satisfied that they have been able to come this far without any serious injury or technical difficulties. “This achievement is only possible through an intense and
flawless cooperation for more than 70 days. We would like to thank our support team, our meteorologists, our scientific research team, and the logistics specialists at The Antarctic Company, who have helped us in the planning stages to establish a safe route in totally unknown terrain. ‘Safety first’ is still our motto and will remain so during the whole expedition.”
With this accomplishment we may add Sam Deltour, Dixie’s expedition partner and 27 – year-old medical student, to the cream of the international polar expedition world. Dixie Dansercoer, a seasoned polar explorer, has already earned deep respect by embarking on a myriad of ambitious expeditions and has earned his stripes among the top global polar explorers. Dixie’s personal distance record in Antarctica was broken on Day 62 of this current expedition when he and Sam Deltour passed the 3951.4 km mark. In 1998 Dixie Dansercoer and Alain Hubert set a record distance of 3924 km during a difficult traverse of the Antarctic continent. Back then, Dixie and Alain were already pioneering innovative kites as mode of transportation.
Despite their increasing fatigue and the extremely brutal cold conditions, Dixie Dansercoer and Sam Deltour will continue along their planned route through East Antarctica as long as the weather and terrain allow them to progress. The Antarctic winter is not so far off and this means that relatively less stabile conditions will increase. Until now, no one has dared to challenge himself in this last stretch of undiscovered terrain in the barren East Antarctic Plateau. With this extraordinary achievement Dixie Dansercoer and Sam Deltour have written a small piece of respectable history on the seventh continent and hold the worthy tradition of Belgian involvement in Antarctica high. And their expedition continues …