ACROSS ANTARCTICA (ENG)

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2045 km, 74 days, -50°C. From November 14, 2014 to January 27, 2015, Stéphanie Gicquel skied across Antarctica through the South Pole. An expedition she had imagined, planned and prepared for three years. This is notably the longest ski expedition for a woman in Antarctica without kiting. This 30 minute film is not only about adventure. It is mainly about the meaning of things, fear, freedom, fulfillment, and boldness. An invitation for everyone to live intensely, without fear nor regret. (ENGLISH VERSION)

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Synopsis

2045 km, 74 days, -50°C. From November 14, 2014 to January 27, 2015, Stéphanie Gicquel skied across Antarctica through the South Pole, with two other polar explorers, including her husband Jérémie. An expedition she had imagined, planned and prepared for three years. This is notably the longest ski expedition for a woman in Antarctica without kiting*. The film is an invitation to discover Antarctica through the eyes and feelings of Stéphanie. It highlights some of the moments she experienced during this long expedition - when she waited at Union Glacier base camp, started the expedition on the coast at the same place where the mountaineer Reinhold Messner began his own kite-ski expedition across Antarctica in 1989, when she skied up and reached the South Pole on Christmas eve and arrived on the Filchner-Ronne Ice Shelf floating on the Weddell Sea after 74 days of extreme effort.

This 30 minute film is not only about adventure. It is mainly about the meaning of things, fear, freedom, fulfillment, and boldness. An invitation for everyone to live intensely, without fear nor regret. This film also shows the life of a couple whose strength is tested under extreme conditions. A testimony of being one with the Antarctic landmass - similar as a frozen ocean located 3,000 meters high, with ice waves shaped by the wind. A sanctuary where nature is so powerful and strong against explorers who dare to come, but at the same time so fragile.

(*Sources: Guinness World Records, ExplorersWeb, AdventureStats, Adventure Network International)



Video On Demand

The film ACROSS ANTARCTICA (English version) can be viewed online. You can rent it now on this website for 5 euros and watch it when you want.

You can also buy several viewing rights of the film and offer / forward them to your family and friends. This gift will please your friends and it will also help its directors, Stéphanie and Jérémie Gicquel, to fund volunteer work (photo exhibitions, public lectures, etc.) that they are conducting to promote Antarctica.

You will receive within 24 hours of your purchase a link to view the film online.

It is also possible to make a donation for any amount you wish (upper box in the column on the right). Over 5 euros, you will also receive one link to view the film.

If you would like as a company or as an individual to get tens or hundreds of viewing rights, please contact Stéphanie and Jérémie Gicquel (contact form) to study with them the appropriate number of viewings you could subscribe and share with your clients, your potential customers, your employees, your family on Facebook or other social networks, by email, in newsletters, etc.



The expedition ACROSS ANTARCTICA – by Stéphanie Gicquel

"There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve : the fear of failure. " Paulo Coelho.

My name is Stéphanie.

I have a passion for sport and for polar regions. I explored Spitsbergen and Greenland several times, Antarctica twice. I also ran a marathon at the Geographic North Pole with temperature down to -30°C (-22°F).

And then again I left my home in Paris to make an expedition across Antarctica that I have planned and prepared for over three years - notably to work out the logistics with Antarctic Logistics & Expeditions which has been providing assistance to almost all expeditions in Antarctica over the past decades (pick up on the coast at the end of the expedition, resupplies, etc).

Skiing across Antarctica. 2,045 kilometers (1,270 miles). 74 days. The experience of a lifetime! This expedition took place from November 14, 2014 to January 27, 2015.

My husband, Jérémie, took part in this expedition. Two months before the expedition started, I also invited another man who had never been to Antarctica before and wanted to discover this continent to attempt this crossing with us and benefit from our logistics.

This expedition was highly challenging. Antarctica is the windiest, highest, driest and coldest continent on earth. Since the South Pole was reached for the first time in 1911, less than 10 explorers have attempted to ski across all of Antarctica, using only the strength of their arms and legs – with no kite. There are not many who have succeeded. Explorers usually use kites in Antarctica to take advantage of the wind in order to travel a longer distance every day (100 to 200 km - sometimes even more) while pulling heavier sledges.

The expedition route was defined taking into account field constraints, but also the fact that the expedition had to be achieved within a maximum period of 75 days for us to be able to board the last plane of the season flying from Union Glacier Station in Antarctica to Chile - on January 28, 2015. The expedition route also took into account my decisions not to use kites and to do a traverse rather than a return-trip – meaning no possibility to drop food all along the way to the South Pole and collect it on the return trip. And, of course, the route was highly depending on the funds I could raise to finance the expedition.

I could have found a thousand reasons to give up, even before the expedition begins. When I broke my shoulder few months before the expedition started or when it was so difficult to get a loan approved in order to finalize the expedition budget. There is no such thing as a simple adventure, but I know experiences in the end always compensate for all obstacles that had to be overcome.

There are so many obstacles which could also have stopped the expedition along the way: fever, toothache, inadequate daily food rations (I weighed 39 kg only at the end of the expedition), headwind every day up to the South Pole, the hole in the tent fabric because of one of the tent poles that broke up, sastrugis, temperature sometimes down to -50°C, white-out, weather conditions, etc.



On February 3, 2015, I returned to France and was then convinced more than ever before that everyone can achieve its own goals.

" The only limit to your goals is the one you are setting. Everything else is just an excuse. A fear perhaps. It is never too late to live intensely. " Extract from the book EXPEDITION ACROSS ANTARCTICA, written by Stephanie and Jérémie Gicquel, published by Vilo, prefaced by Nicolas Vanier, and sold in bookstores since October 2015.

I have always considered that the expedition ACROSS ANTARCTICA is not only about the mileage skied in Antarctica – it is most importantly an experience of meeting and sharing my passion for polar regions with others.

I created several educational projects with schools in France. During the expedition, I arranged several satellite phone conversations with schools. In October 2015, as part of an academic contest linked to COP21, one of these schools was awarded by a Special Jury Prize for its work in relation to the expedition ACROSS ANTARCTICA.

Photos taken during the expedition ACROSS ANTARCTICA are regularly displayed in public areas to share with the public and especially young people the beauty of Antarctica. These exhibitions are labeled COP21 by the French Ministry of Ecology.

I also regularly give lectures about Antarctica, including at Le Bourget and at the French Ministry of Ecology during COP21, at the COY11, in schools and other public areas. These lectures are also labeled COP21 by the French Ministry of Ecology.

As part of the expedition ACROSS ANTARCTICA, more than 10,000 euros were raised and donated to the charity Association Petits Princes, which makes the dreams of diseased children come true.



The movie ACROSS ANTARCTICA – Behind the scene

Showing the beauty of Antarctica is one of the main objectives of the expedition ACROSS ANTARCTICA. Stéphanie and Jérémie want to contribute, modestly, to a better knowledge of Antarctica notably by showing videos and photos taken throughout the expedition.

Jérémie was able to film more than 50 hours and also recorded sounds. He pulled in his sledge many video and photo equipment, including Canon 5D, Canon XA20, Canon G1X, four Gopros, two Q4 Zoom, tripods, etc. Sounds were recorded thanks to Sennheiser microphones and audio recorders. Batteries were charged thanks to solar panels. It is rare that polar explorers taking part in a long expedition in the middle of Antarctica manage to get back home with so many hours of videos. Filming was as challenging as skiing more than two thousand kilometers. It was a physical challenge, especially for the fingers. It was also a challenge for the equipment, especially for batteries.



Most TV documentaries about Antarctica are actually filmed from a boat, or on the coast (for example on the Antarctic Peninsula), on the floating Ice Shelves, in scientific Stations. The heart of the continent itself remains one of the most remote places on Earth.

A French TV report (TF1) displayed some of the video images filmed during the expedition:



Stéphanie and Jérémie wrote and directed the film ACROSS ANTARCTICA a few weeks after getting back from Antarctica. They were able to fund its production thanks to almost 200 crowdfunders.



What will the money be used for?

The expedition ACROSS ANTARCTICA and all related actions and initiatives (lectures, photos exhibitions, etc) implemented by Stéphanie and Jérémie in order to share key messages of this film, including the importance of Antarctica for global climate, are notably financed through a bank loan that they will reimburse over the next years. The funds raised through this page will allow them to refund part of this loan.

You can also significantly help them by sharing this page on your Facebook page or other social network or by fowarding it by e-mail to your friends!




If you have any question, please do not hesitate to contact Stéphanie and Jérémie Gicquel (contact form).

Project team

the team

  • Stéphanie Gicquel ultra-distance runner, explorer and director Web site Jérémie Gicquel ultra-distance runner, explorer and director Web site

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The expedition ACROSS ANTARCTICA and all related actions and initiatives (lectures, photos exhibitions, etc) implemented by Stéphanie and Jérémie in order to share key messages of this film, including the importance of Antarctica for global climate, are notably financed through a bank loan that they will reimburse over the next years. The funds raised through this page will allow them to refund part of this loan.

You can also significantly help them by sharing this page on your Facebook page or other social network or by fowarding it by e-mail to your friends!

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