Harsh Conditions On day 8
The Willis Resilience Expedition Team encountered challenging conditions on Day 9 (Saturday 14 December) of the Wolrd Record Attempt. Temperatures of -30°C with the wind chill and 35 miles per hour winds, meant that Parker and Doug were able to cover only 24km on day 8.
Another Day On The Ice
Despite the poor visibility, and a busy morning with media interviews live from Antarctica (Day Break and ITV) Parker and Doug managed to cover their target of 30km on Day 7 of the World Record Attempt.
world record attempt: Day 4
“It’s the end of day 4. Challenging, but a good day. We did 13.6 nautical miles in total distance, straight line from our last camp. We got 10.1 nautical miles further toward the pole. The reason why we’re not going in a straight line is because we’ve been winding through the mountains and we’re probably 1 or 2 days away from just going in a straight line towards the pole.” – Parker Liautaud
Day 3 – Reaching 86º South
The Willis Resilience Expedition team walked 14.5 nautical miles on skis in 11hrs bringing them to almost exactly 86º South, which is 240 nautical miles (450km) from the South Pole.
Day 2 of The World Record Attempt
On day 2 of the World Record Attempt, Parker and Doug did 18.1 nautical miles in 11hr 45mins. Around one mile less than day 1, due to them getting up to 5,200 feet in altitude.
Setting Camp after the First day of the World Record Attempt
Tired but satisfied, Parker and Doug set up their tent after the first day of the World Record Attempt.
The World Record Is On
Parker and Doug set off from the Ross Ice Shelf and started to work their way towards the Leverett Glacier on 6 December 2013
Parker Talks About His Friendship With Doug Stoup
While driving to the start line of the World Record Attempt, Parker talks about the importance of team spirit in his unsupported Speed Record Attempt.
Doug Stoup, Willis Resilience Expedition Partner, Talks About How He Met Parker
During the drive to the Ross Ice Shelf (where the Willis Resilience Expedition unsupported Speed World Record Attempt will kick off), Doug Stoup explains how he teamed up with Parker Liautaud since 2009 to work as a team in contributing to a better understand of our changing climate.
Parker looks forward to the coast-to-pole speed World Record attempt
“I think we are ready for it. I think we have had a good crossing. It has been useful to acclimatize. I think Doug and I are both ready, it has been good to spend a little time in Antarctica together before the start of the race and I am looking forward to it.”
The Science of Willis Resilience
Parker Liautaud has been taking a cross-section of ice cores and snow pit samples to collect data regarding tritium deposition in the Antarctic as well as surveying the variability of isotope composition in precipitation across Antarctica and also deploying the lightweight weather station.
The Three Phases Of the science
The three scientific programs of the Willis Resilience Expedition are underway: Variability of Tritium Deposition in Surface Snow Across Antarctica, ColdFacts 3000BX Weather Station Performance Test and Isotopic Composition of Surface Snow Across Antarctica.
Ice Broker and the science
Parker and his team are being supported by a 2.6 ton custom-built 6 wheel Toyota Hilux truck, named Ice Broker, which provides logistical support to the team as they take samples from the polar ice cap at intervals during the route whilst streaming live video and data online
The Science Starts
Phase one of the expedition – the science phase – includes three scientific research programs, all of which aim to collect valuable data to contribute to a deeper understanding of global climate patterns.
Nathan Hambrook Skinner, Expedition Director, Sends Updates On The Science
Teenage climate change campaigner and Willis Resilience Expedition leader Parker Liautaud is set to undertake three distinct scientific research programs in order to contribute to a better understanding of how climate is changing.
Parker Liautaud and Doug Stoup Take To The Antarctic Ice
“I am just very happy to be here, very excited, very humbled – it’s amazing to be in Antarctica”
– Parker Liautaud, Willis Resilience Explorer-
Ice Broker Arrives At Union Glacier in Antarctica
Ice Broker looks in its element as it is disembarks finally onto the Antarctic ice.
The Willis Resilience Team Arrive At Union Glacier
After adverse weather delayed the team’s flight from Punta Arenas, the Willis Resilience Team take their first steps in Antarctica.
Willis Resilience Team Visiting The Chilean Magellanic Penguins
The Willis Resilience Expedition team has now been held in Punta Arenas for eight long days, as bad weather conditions in Antarctica made it impossible for them to fly to Union Glacier. While waiting in Chile, the team went to visit a colony of Magellanic penguins.
Willis Resilience Team Bonding
The Willis Resilience Team have spent their extended stay in Punta Arenas bonding as they have come together to prepare for the expedition.
Willis Resilience Explorers: Parker and Doug
Parker Liautaud and Doug Stoup will look to set a new coast-to-pole World Record as they travel unsupported from the Ross Ice Shelf to the South Pole in 22days.
The team waits for their window of opportunity: Video Blog 27/11/13
The team are getting itchy feet now waiting for their window of opportunity to depart for Union Glacier. Nathan, Willis Resilience Expedition Comms Director updates from Punta Arenas as the team find out that they won’t fly out today as the bad weather continues.
Visiting the Magellanic Penguins of South America
Named after the explorer Ferdinand Magellan who spotted them in 1520, Magellanic penguins makes their home in the temperate climates of the coastlines of South America, on both the Atlantic and Pacific shores.
Exploring Punta Arenas
With adverse weather conditions holding the Willis Resilience Team up, they have taken the time to explore Punta Arenas. The team visited the Magellanic penguins that inhabit the coastline of Chile.
The Science of Willis Resilience
The Willis Resilience Expedition will undertake three distinct scientific research programs that will contribute to a better understanding of our changing climate.
Doug Stoup Updates From Punta Arenas About The Team’s Delay
Doug Stoup, Parker Liautaud’s partner for the Willis Resilience Expedition, sends an update on the weather conditions that are frustratingly keeping the team in Punta Arenas, Chile.
Doug Stoup, Punta Arenas Video Blog 20/11/2013
Doug talks about the team’s final preparations, the weather conditions at Union Glacier in Antarctica and the challenge ahead that the Willis Resilience Team face as they take on their scientific research and world record attempt.
Nathan Hambrook-Skinner, Punta Arenas Video Blog 20/11/13
Willis Resilience Expedition Communications Director, Nathan talks about the preparations and the excitement prior to their departure to Union Glacier in Antarctica.
Veteran Doug Stoup in Punta Arenas
Doug is one of the most acclaimed Polar Guides and Expedition Leaders in recent history. He is also a cinematographer and filmmaker and environmentalist.
Punta Arenas, The Gateway to Antarctica
Known as ‘The Gateway to Antarctica’, Punta Arenas City has a long history entwined with Polar explorers, with Scott, Shackleton and Amundsen all having passed through. The Willis Resilience Team add their name to this list of intrepid explorers.
Parker pays his respect to Ferdinand Magellan
Legend goes that by kissing the foot of the statue of 16th Century Portuguese explorer, Ferdinand Magellan will bring safe passage to explorers passing through Punta Arenas.
Ice Broker Getting Ready
The Willis Resilience Expedition Truck is being built in Punta Arenas, Chile. It will be hopefully be shipped to Antarctica on 30 November, depending on weather conditions at the Union Glacier.
Final Preparations in Punta Arenas
The Willis Resilience Team making all final preparations before departing for Union Glacier in Antarctica, hopefully on 30th November, weather depending.
Team at Punta Arenas
The Willis Resilience Team together in Punta Arenas, Chile, first leg of their journey to the South Pole.
The Willis Resilience Truck, explained by Parker Liautaud
Parker Liautaud gives a tour of The Willis Resilience Truck, Ice Broker. This communication centre on wheels will enable live streaming and live data feeds from Antarctica.
The Willis Resilience Truck Launch Of Ice Broker
On 7 November The Willis Resilience Truck, Ice Broker was revealed at The Willis Tower in London by Deputy CEO Steve Hearn to a crowd of Willis Group Guests and on-lookers.
Ice Broker Driven by the Big Ben
Passers-by would have caught a glimpse of Ice Broker passing by several of London’s most iconic locations including Big Ben, Trafalgar Square and The Strand.
The Willis Resilience Truck at The Mall
On the morning of 8 November, media and news representatives were invited to experience a ride in Ice Broker and given the chance to speak with Parker while driving around central London.
Evening Reception at the Willis Tower
In the evening, an intimate reception was held within The Willis Tower to allow members from Willis Group and friends to take the chance to wish Parker well on his expedition.
Willis Resilience Expedition Truck Name Unveiled: Ice Broker
The truck was officially named “Ice Broker” on Thursday 7 November by Steve Hearn, Deputy CEO of Willis Group, who addressed a crowd outside the Willis Building on Lime Street in the City of London.
Parker Liautaud Guides Willis Group in Iceland
Last week, several figures and partners of Willis Group guided by expedition leader Parker Liautaud had a chance to experience first-hand the harsh and isolated conditions Parker will have to face during his time on the ground in the Antarctic throughout the Willis Resilience Expedition.
Willis Team Have a taste of the Expedition Routine in Iceland
The Willis Team experienced first hand the harsh conditions that Parker Liautaud will face every day during the Willis Resilience Expedition.
US Launch at The Explorers Club
The Willis Resilience Expedition was launched in New York at The Explorers Club on 23 October. The renowned club is dedicated to the advancement of field research and the ideal that it is vital to preserve the instinct to explore.
PARKER AT ONE YOUNG WORLD, JOHANNESBURG
Speaking at this year’s One Young World Summit in Johannesburg, Parker Liautaud stood as a beacon for his generation to grasp the opportunities and potential they have to make a difference towards the future of climate change.
Willis Resilience Launch, Rowan Interview
Rowan Douglas, Chairman of Willis Research Network highlights how the Willis Resilience Expedition will make an important contribution to the scientific understanding of climate change both within the Antarctic region but also the global effect.
Willis Resilience Launch, Parker Interview 3
Willis Resilience Expedition Leader, Parker Liautaud talks about the importance of creating an incredible online user experience, which directly brings the expedition to the user.
Willis Resilience Launch, Parker Interview 2
Willis Resilience Expedition Leader, Parker Liautaud discusses how the future orientation of climate change solutions will be a responsibility that his generation will have to take up as they enter key roles within society and business.
Willis Resilience Launch, Parker Interview 1
Teenage explorer Parker Liautaud talks about his 6-week expedition across 2300km of Antarctic terrain. Parker and Willis have teamed up to attempt a World Record South Pole speed expedition that will help explore the impact of climate change on the planet.
Parker in Iceland
Parker Liautaud will need to maintain a positive and up-beat mentality to ensure he has the mental toughness to deal with the solitary environment of the Antarctic. His training in Iceland allows him to familiarise himself with all his gear and similar weather conditions so that he can feel more comfortable when he touches ground in Antarctica.
Parker in Iceland
Parker Liautaud spent the other week out in Iceland continuing his training and preparations for the Willis Resilience Expedition along with EMC, the Expedition Truck and the Videographer team. The conditions were against them for most of the week and only one day graced the team with clear skies.
The meaning of resilience
Nathan Hambrook-Skinner talks about the expedition and explains what resilience means to large multinational companies: “they can plan and prepare for risk scenarios as much as possible but, at the end of the day, it comes down to having the strength, the willpower and the means to get through a crisis.”
Joshua King Talks About Willis Resilience
“Willis is supporting this expedition because we, like Parker, are curious about what exists beyond our imagination. We are going to be along with him every step of the way, hopefully sharing every step that he takes with people around the world who want to watch it unfold live on television…”
In preparation for the epic Willis Resilience Expedition, Parker spent the night in his expedition tent inside the Willis Resilience Antarctic Chamber: a large glass box filled with snow, set beneath the iconic backdrop of Tower Bridge.
Willis Resilience Antarctic Chamber
Parker Liautaud training in the Willis Resilience Antarctic Chamber in London, Tower Bridge for the launch of the Willis Resilience Expedition. A lightweight weather station, the ColdFacts 3000BX, has also been tested in the chamber and it will be brought for the first time ever in Antarctica for the Willis Resilience Expedition.
Pop-up Antarctic Camp, set beneath the iconic backdrop of Tower Bridge, launches the Willis Resilience Expedition.
The quality of the garments worn during an expedition to the hostile South Pole must be of the highest quality. To ensure that he will be able to withstand the harsh conditions, Parker has his expedition gear specially fitted so that it meets the highest possible standards.
Parker at Willis
Parker came to The Willis Building to discuss logistics and communications for the expedition. This image was taken in the lobby.
Parker in London
Parker was photographed around London and at The Willis Building during a recent trip to the British capital. During his stay in the UK, Parker announced the expedition over dinner to the assembled Willis directors.
The Willis Building is in the heart of The City of London, one of the world’s foremost centres of economic activity. The uniquely styled Gerkin can be seen clearly from the roof terrace and is one of London’s most recognisable landmarks.
During the winter of 2013, Parker Liautaud will lead the Willis Resilience Expedition. Whilst racing against the clock to break the coast-to-pole World Record, Parker will conduct scientific research to contribute to the climate change debate.
The pulk Parker will take on the Willis Resilience Expedition will weigh over 180lbs. That is equivalent to dragging a grown man behind oneself.
Parker Liautaud is a polar adventurer, environmental campaigner and motivational speaker. He is recognised for his work as an ambassador for young people promoting discussion on environmental issues. This is an image from a photo shoot with renowned photographer Martin Hartley.