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Driving to the South Pole: World Record Attempt

EC CommunityJames Hipkiss

A three man team are trying to beat the world record for the fastest overland journey to the South Pole. Their attempt will start in just a few days... Currently the team are getting ready to hit the fuel cache road in preparation for the world record attempt that starts on 11th December 2011. The expedition is led by Jason De Carteret - an Antarctic World Record holder and an experienced Polar guide having skied to both the North and South Pole four times each.

In 2007 he and another attempted to break another world record for the fastest ski to the South Pole but unfortunately Jason tore a calf muscle and had to be airlifted off the ice. A seasoned explorer he has led over 40 expeditions on every continent and was the first British person ever allowed to compete in the most northern dog sled race in the world. The team are making their attempt in their 'Polar Vehicle' - a revolutionary new concept vehicle designed with two goals - to break the overland speed record to the South Pole, and to act as a blueprint and inspiration  to define a new era in faster and more flexible Polar travel.

Follow the dispatches live at www.expeditiontothesouthpole.com or @2011SouthPole"