Baz's Challenge Antarctica Campaign

£6,578 of £10,000 goal

Raised by 60 people in 4 months
Firstly, a huge thank you for taking the time to get this far, it is much appreciated. Please do read the following words, they are genuine and heartfelt.

I do love a challenge and over the years I have got steadily more adventurous with the Shackleton Epic re-enactment in 2013 being right up there. My next challenge tops even that and it has never been achieved.

Over two Antarctic Summer seasons I will attempt to be the first man to cross the entire Antarctic Continent from Coast to Coast, unsupported, unassissted and Solo.

My first season will be my run out with a 715 mile journey from Hercules inlet to the South Pole. This will be done as quickly as possible and give an opprtunity for the logistics teams and sponsors to understand me and my abilities to take on the bigger crossing 12 months later.

The second season will be the big one, 2019-2020 will see the journey increase to 1800 miles in only 100 days. 


Well it is for many reasons and I will try to list them in as succinct a way as I can. 

Forces Charities:

Those who know me well will know that I have spent many years raising as much money and awareness as I can for our forces both serving, veterans and their families alike. I have lost more friends to conflict than I care to mention and I have seen first hand the devastaion it has on all those who were part of their lives, expecially children. So, through my continued work with The Baton www.thebaton.co.uk  and supporting the Royal Marines Charity www.theroyalmarinescharity.org.uk I will continue to do that. Issues caused by being involved in forces life due to conflict never go away and while I can, nor will I. 


I have also for many years used my knowledge and experiences to educate and speak in schools all over the UK and abroad, most recently in Gibraltar and Geneva. The children are our future and having the opportunity to be involed in their lives through what I do is truly humbling. The reaction from children when  they learn about adventure and far flung parts of the planet is priceless and if I can be an inspiration to just a few of them it is worth it. A recent quote from one headmaster:

"Baz Gray’s visit to GES was truly inspirational. He enthralled us with stories of the heroic age of Antarctic exploration and with the courage and leadership skills of former explorers such as Ernest Shackleton. He was equally at ease speaking with our younger pupils and leading a workshop at GES Secondary. His visit has really captured the imagination of everyone at the school. Both children and staff are keen to embark on a number of interdisciplinary and cross-age projects through which we will discover more about the geography, ecology and wildlife of the fascinating continent of Antarctica. We can’t wait for Barry’s next visit later this term when he will tell us more about his preparation, training and equipment for the exciting expedition that lies ahead. We feel hugely privileged to be part of Challenge Antartica. As Baz said, fewer people have been to the South Pole than have been into Space, so this is a rare and exciting opportunity for us."

Teaching Children in a fun way and not being political is key. Gentle learning, in a way they don't realise they are learning is what it is all about. Learning about our environment and the importance of looking after is another area I like to touch on regularly which leads me nicely onto

The Environment:

 Ever since joining Tim Jarvis's 25Zero team www.25zero.com I have become increasingly aware of the effect global warming is having on the planet. 25Zero is about climbing 25 mountains at Zero lattitude which still have glaciers on them. In 25 years they could all be gone, starting with Carstenz Pyramid in Indonesia which was our first climb. The picture below was taken on the summit of Chimborazo 6300m. 

When you are standing on something that actually melts you do not need a degree in glacialogy to point the fact out. Its important we look after the more pristine parts of our planet. We need to understand the past to look at the future and the single most important place to do that is in Antarctica.

Through Challenge Antarctica I will use my extreme expeditions to help discuss and highlight the extreme happenings on our planet. 

If you have got this far I am truly humbled and I hope you can go onto support this project however you can, Donation, share, tweet etc. 

There are so many people to already thank for supporting this project:

My wife Claire Gray, Mitesh Badiani, Chris Lee, Keith Breslauer (Patron Capital), Andries Liebenberg (AmcoGriffen), Dean Burchell, Miles Coleman (China Fleet Country Club), Mike Parsonage, Michael Davidson (Brookvex), Weslyan, Kevin Kelly, Fiona Brijnath (Arcturus), Ian Holdcroft (The Shackleton Company), The Masonic Lodge, The Rotary, Alex Preston, Jim Searight, Paul White and Alan Rowe to name but a few. (There are many more)

Why not join these incredible people that believe in this project, they can't all be wrong. In the long term this project will gove me the abilty to give so much back and to support so many more people.

All funding recieved will immediately go towards pulling this project together which I aim to undertake in the Antarctic Summer Oct 2018-Feb2019. 

Your good friend

Baz Gray
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Its been a great start to my gofundme campaign. The number of donations from all walks of life is amazing. It shows a full cross spectrum of support from the whole community and business combined. This is exactly what Challenge Antarctica is all about, reaching out to as many people as possible to help me reach my goals which in turn will allow me to do so much more.

Thank you all again and please keep sharing, we are not there yet and every share and like will make a huge difference.

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Such a brilliant response so far, things are going brilliantly well. To hit over £4000 in one week is incredible and just goes to show the support for me and what I am hoping to achieve with my success.

Tickets are still available for my Dinner in Torquay on 24th Feb so get in touch if you want a great night out baz@challengeantarctica.com

Please keep sharing and posting my progress, outstanding support.
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A great recent training period in Norway is now complete, things coming along nicely.
Training in Full Swing
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So, I have been up now for a couple of days and the project has already gone over the £1000 mark. It is truly humbling to know I have so many supporters for this project. Getting over the line will really enable me to form the platform I need to do so much more with our forces charities and I can't thank you all enough.

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