The Coldest Journey Polar Expedition Halted

Stuck in crevasse field

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The Coldest Journey, a five-man expedition to be the first to cross Antartica via the South Pole in winter, has been halted by impassable terrain. The team is trapped in a crevasse field that may extend 100 kilometers to the south of their position.

"The situation is made all the more concerning," the expedition's base team reported, "Because the efforts required to navigate and haul their many tons of essential equipment and supplies through such treacherous terrain means that they risk forfeiting much of the unique scientific work which they have been commissioned to undertake throughout the winter months."

Instead of forgoing their research, the team plans to remain put while developing a plan for the months ahead. Over the past few weeks, their progress has been excruciatingly slow. They've been stuck repeatedly and even spent 20 days in one spot.

Read more about the expedition and their custom caravan.

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