Crosby is excited to be chosen as a partner for the world’s greatest living explorer, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, in his toughest challenge yet: a trek across the Antarctic in winter, known as ‘The Coldest Journey’. With the support of the Commonwealth and sponsors, including Crosby Europe, Sir Ranulph and five colleagues are currently testing the limits of human endurance in temperatures that fall as low as -90° C as they cover 2,000 miles in 6 months crossing the polar plateau.
Not only does the expedition aim to complete the first ever trans-Antarctic crossing during the polar winter, but importantly it is attempting to raise US$10 million for “Seeing is Believing”, a global charitable initiative to fight avoidable blindness. All donations will be matched by expedition sponsor, Standard Chartered.
Crosby is supporting this expedition with its full range of COLD TUFF® products, which are specifically manufactured to improve working in extreme environments. Crosby’s range of G-2130A (Grade 80) alloy shackles are forged, quenched and tempered, hot dip galvanized and DNV type approved. These features, along with other critical performance requirements such as ductility, an 8:1 design factor, as well as impact properties and full traceability, provide the needed reassurance when working in extreme environments like those expected during Sir Ranulph Fiennes’ expedition.
“As an innovator in the industry, this recognition of our brand is very rewarding. Our drive to assist working in these types of environments, from the demands of the energy markets to the safe transportation of vital equipment, makes this expedition very motivational to all involved in the design and manufacture of our equipment”, states Richard Oldknow, Sales and Marketing Director for Crosby’s European operations.
As with all users of Crosby equipment, Crosby is offering full support through training and worldwide technical support. “We are extremely honored to be supporting this project and aiding the continued efforts of ‘Seeing is Believing’ in this way”, adds Oldknow.
On December 6, 2012, the expedition team left London, bound for Antarctica. March 21, 2013, the equinox, the six expedition members began a six month journey to reach the Ross Sea. Using the very latest technological innovations, this mission will pave the way for year-round exploration in the Antarctic.