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Antony Jinman with two drones to the South Pole, ExWeb interview

Posted: Nov 27, 2013 05:19 pm EST


(By Correne Coetzer) In 2010 Antony Jinman skied to the Geographic North Pole with Eric Larsen and Darcy St Laurent. This season he will be skiing solo, unassisted, unsupported from Hercules Inlet to the Geographic South Pole. Antony is itching to start, to ski the first mile and to focus on the project, he told ExWeb via Skype from Punta Arenas. “This is a new ice cap and I am venturing into a new type of project. I am a bit apprehensive but excited and will know how it is only until I arrive there and face the challenge.”


The Drones


Antony is taking two drones with him. The drones will mainly be used for filming; to capture a “bird eye view” of the solo skier. It has an 80 meter range but cannot be used in windy conditions, Antony explained to ExWeb. Earlier this year he tested a drone in Norway. It functioned well in -30ºC, he said. “The drone is controlled with an iPad Mini that I will take with. When the iPad is tilted forward, the drone flies forward. When it is tilted to the left, the drone goes to the left, and so on. The image shows on the screen. Battery life is ten minutes per battery and will be recharged with a solar panel and HET P50 battery pack.”


Antony worked with HumanEdgeTech Expedition Technology, a sister company of ExploresWeb, to develop the use of the drone on Antarctica. HumanEdge Tech also helped and supplied Antony with the rest of his technology


School Project


As Explorer-in-Residence of Plymouth University in the UK, Antony is involved with 28 educational projects over the world, in places like Indonesia, China, Africa, the USA, and more. He has 7 full time employees working for him.


Core to this South Pole project is eduction and Antony’s ETE Teachers South Pole Mission. As with the other projects, school can sign up to get access to field and research work of scientists and adventurers. They can ask questions and researchers and experts in the respective fields share their credible and reliable knowledge and case studies, Antony explained. 


“This South Pole expedition is a way to get knowledge out there, a way of distance learning for the children. The impact it makes, makes all of this worth while; one person shares with the next generation online and enhances and enriches the lives of young people.”


Mentors and advisers


Veteran British Polar explorer, Geoff Somers, was very helpful and provided him with a lot of insight on what to do on Antarctica, said Antony. His North Pole guide, Eric Larsen also wrote him “nice emails” and shared valuable information. “And different people, like Felicity Aston. Also Aleksander Gamme, who I know for several years, gave me good advice.”




His clothes are pretty much the same as what he had for the North Pole, with a few changes. “The same Wintergreen jacket, the same mitts. It is all about layers to help with the insolation. Taking off, not to get too hot, and adding another layer, not to get too cold.”


“My biggest change is the boots and skis. For year’s I have been using Baffin Boots and Ice Trek’s Flexi Bindings, but have changed now to Alfa Boots and Rottefella bindings. My skis are Asnes Amundsen. I bought these at Sportsnett in Oslo, where Christian Styve helped me a lot with my equipment.” 


Different preparation for South Pole than North Pole 


Before Antony’s North Pole expedition in 2010, he tried to make it happened from every different angle, then suddenly, three weeks before the expedition, everything fell into place. ”It was a different time in my life, one person following a dream. Three weeks preparing day and night and got on the plane to Resolute Bay. There was almost no preparation, a last minute expedition, which added challenges as we didn’t know each other. I can write, “how not to do the North Pole”.”


“This year I am in a new position with a support system at home and 7 amazing employees who bring it all together. I am a lot calmer, am more prepared, trained hard for 12 months and also worked with nutritionists.” 


Antony emphasized that preparation is the biggest difference between his NP and SP expeditions and added that that is key to an expedition.


For him, he said, this expedition is not getting from point A to point B, but it is a physical and personal journey.


Antony and the majority of the skiers are still waiting in Punta Arenas, Chile, for the weather to clear at Union Glacier, Antarctica, so that the Ilyushin-76 can fly them in.


Follow Antony and other South Pole blog updates in the News Stream on ExplorersWeb and the Pythom app. 




North Pole 2010 wrap-up: Eric Larsen, Antony Jinman and Darcy St Laurent at the Pole; Two teams race against the clock


Maria Leijerstam in the Cycle Race for the South Pole


South Pole ski update: Geoff Wilson through crevasse minefields; Waiting game in Punta Arenas


Antony Jinman website, UK, Hercules Inlet, solo, 


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China’s growing presence in Antarctica


ExWeb interview with Lewis Clarke (16): to ski 1130 km Hercules Inlet route 


ExWeb interview with Richard Parks, "it took pretty much every bit of physical and mental energy" 


ExWeb interview with Vesa Luomala, "there is no room for underestimating a place like Antarctica"


ExWeb South Pole 2013 interview with Geoff Wilson, "my mind I feel will be the greatest maze of all"


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South Pole 2013-14: Doug Stoup and Parker Liautaud for Leverett Glacier route


Cycle South Pole update: testing and innovation


ExWeb interview with Juan Menendez Granados: the greatest challenge


Australian Mawson Centenary Expedition update


ExWeb South Pole 2013 interview with Geoff Wilson, "my mind I feel will be the greatest maze of all"


ExWeb South Pole kick-off interview: Daniel Burton, return cycle journey


ExWeb interview with Eric Philips, three decades of polar experience


AdventureStats and Polar Rules 


Adventure Network International (ANI) / ALE

Antarctic Logistics Centre International (ALCI) / TAC



Gateway port Cape Town, South Africa: 

To ALCI /TAC base camp Novolazarevskaya / Novo 

70° 46’37”S, 011° 49’26”E 


Gateway port Punta Arenas, Chile, South America: 

To ALE/ANI base camp, Union Glacier 

79° 45'S, 083° 14'W


Hercules Inlet is located at 80°S near Union Glacier, 1130 km from the Geographic South Pole.

The bottom of the Leverett Glacier, at the Ross Ice Shelf, is located at about 85ºS, a distance of 550 km from the Geographic South Pole.


1 nautical mile (nm) = 1.852 km

1 nm = 1.151 miles

1 knot = 1.852 km/h

1 degree of Latitude is 110 km / 60 nm / 70 miles

Sastrugi are hard snow bumps and can be as high as 10 feet

A nunatak is a top of a mountain visible above the snow surface.


South Pole of Inaccessibility 2011-12 position: 

S82°06.696, E055°01.951

Geographic South Pole: 90 degrees South


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Antony Jinman practicing with his drone in Norway. The drone is controlled by an iPad Mini.
courtesy Antony Jinman, SOURCE
Video: drone testing in Norway
courtesy Antony Jinman, SOURCE
Antony food weighing and packing in Punta Arenas. "Preparation is key to an expedition."
courtesy James Redfearn, SOURCE
Antony's sled weighed by ALE, ready for the flight to Antarctica. "“My biggest change is the boots and skis. For year’s I have been using Baffin Boots and Ice Trek’s Flexi Bindings, but have changed now to Alfa Boots and Rottefella bindings. My skis are Asnes Amundsen."
courtesy James Redfearn, SOURCE
South Pole routes.
courtesy ExplorersWeb, SOURCE