Alone -- 730 miles to the South Pole -- Unassisted
Preparations and testing are under way for an attempt at the first ever-solo bike to the South Pole.
Hauling 120 pounds on a sled, food for 50 days and skis to permit a self-rescue, Doug Stoup would become the first American to bike to the South Pole alone.
Maintaining communication is crucial. Throughout his sub-zero, solo expedition, Doug's only link to the outside world will be his radio and two inderprivileged kids serving as his base camp support team. The American teens are among the six, invited from around the world by non-profit organization Kershaw's Kids, to learn about Antarctica each summer season.
Critical to survival and able to withstand sub-zero weather, the gear Doug will be using has come a long way since man first attempted to reach the South Pole. He will be riding a specially-engineered, titanium ice-bike with fat, studded tires by Dan Hanebrick. The most-advanced clothing, supplies and gear are supplied by such cutting-edge companies as The North Face, Salomon, Grabber, Wigwam, Eaglecreek, Smith, Clifbar and Aloeup.
Not just a ground-breaking expedition, this is a compelling and dramatic story that millions will witness firsthand via television and the internet. Filmed with a helmet camera and others strategically set up throughout, audiences will experience stunning geography and the science of survival.
Doug Stoup is not an ordinary man.
In February of 2001, his North Face Team completed 7 new peaks and 20,000 vertical in the Antarctic Peninsula.
Raging on the peak of Kilimanjaro, frost-stung at the summit of Denali, wide-eyed and wind-burnt on the polar crown of Vinson Massif, he searches for the ultimate adventure.
One of Antactica's foremeost explorers and the first American man to ski to the South Pole from the coast; he may have finally found that adventure.