The Coldest Journey: Team prepares to traverse Antarctica for first time in dark chill of winter

Last month, a group of explorers set off on an expedition to be the first to cross the Antarctic...

Last month, a group of explorers set off on an expedition to be the first to cross the Antarctic during winter. (thecoldestjourney.org)

Thane Burnett, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:47 PM ET

It's probably a pretty safe and warm world where you are.

For most of the western world, 'adventure' usually applies only to all-inclusive vacations.

Plastic shipping bags are stamped 'Not a toy'. Warnings included with air mattresses note they aren't life saving floatation devices. Car commercials have small print cautions that they're using stunt drivers on closed courses. Playground slides are becoming extinct.

And even Everest is a tourist trap these days.

In 2013, you'd have to go to the end of the Earth for discovery and boldness.

Which is where an expedition team is now steaming toward, as they prepare to try to cross the Antarctic in the continent's God-forsaken winter -- something that's never been done and has always been thought of as suicidal.

 


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