2015 – Antarctica Brazilian Research

Starting Date: Sep 10, 2015

“Weather and perfect snow allowed fast progress, sometimes more than 50 km per hour in some parts up to 70 km per hour. Undoubtedly, the transportation with these vehicles is revolutionizing the polar logistics!”

Dr. Jefferson Simoes

Time: January 5th to 17th 2015
Route: Union Glacier – Criosfera 1 – Criosfera 2 – Union Glacier
Participants: Eðwarð Williamsson and Hlynur Sigurðsson from Arctic Trucks, and a team of Brazilian scientists.
Cars: 2 x AT44 6X6 Hilux

The main purpose of the expedition was to collect snow and ice core samples from the science module Criosfera 1, (S 84° W 79° 30) 540 km south of Union Glacier camp and back to Union glacier through a new route passing Criosfera 2 (S 79° 55.58’ W 094° 21.19’) and Hewette Pass which has never been driven before. Estimated route length was around 1700 km and 16 days were planned for the traverse.

We finished this traverse in less time than expected and both faster (only 12 days) and more cost effectively than traditional traverses on snow groomers with much more load, fuel consumption and equipment.