South Pole bid kitted by firm


An Alfreton firm which makes tents, rucksacks and sleeping bags will kit out an expedition to the South Pole.

Terra Nova Equipment, based on Salcombe Road, will be providing tents, clothing and accessories for the Imperial Trans Antarctic Centenary Expedition due to set off later this year.

The idea is to follow Shackleton’s original plan to cross the Antarctic via the South Pole, marking the 100th anniversary of the epic journey.

The 1,500-mile route has never been attempted since Shackleton’s ship Endurance was crushed by sea ice, forcing all on board to brave the merciless cold and gigantic waves of the South Atlantic to reach safety.

Terra marketing director Carolyn Budding said: “We are delighted to be supporting this exciting British expedition which marks such an historic event in Polar exploration. With the prospect of facing severe conditions, the team approached Terra Nova and has selected Terra firma and hyperspace tents and extremities clothing accessories to protect them.”

The Imperial Trans Antarctic Centenary Expedition will depart in November and is expected to take around 85 days. The team will use tents and extremities gloves and socks to protect them from the elements. Stewart Stirling, expedition team leader, said: “I am fully confident that the kit will perform well during the lengthy Antarctic expedition, especially after visiting Terra Nova’s premises where I met staff and saw our tents being made.”

The team has already conducted some training expeditions including one to Scotland in February and will be going to Greenland in April where they will spend 30 days traversing the Greenland icecap.

Shackleton’s 1914 attempt to be the first to cross Antarctica foundered, and his proposed route has never been attempted again.