20 year old adventurers are expected to cross the finish line in Sydney on 9 May 24/4/08

Two young British adventurers, Rob Gauntlett and James Hooper, have just completed an epic 26,000 mile expedition from the North
Geomagnetic Pole to the South Magnetic Pole using only human and natural power.

Today they sailed through the final check point, the South Magnetic Pole. Rob Gauntlett said over the satellite phone:

“It has been an exhausting year, especially down in the Southern Ocean where the bitter cold and severe weather systems have battered us for the last two months.” James added, “We are delighted to have completed the expedition and look forward to celebrating our 21st birthdays in the warmth of Sydney!”

They have skied, dog-sled, sailed and cycled through Greenland, USA, Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Cost Rica, Panama, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, and Argentina to raise awareness about climate change and motivate their generation that you can achieve what might seem to be the “impossible”.

Having reached the South Magnetic Pole just off the coast of Antarctica they now have the 1,800nm sail north to the warmth of Sydney harbor. It is an anxious few days for the boys as they race against a massive low pressure system stretching from the Pole to Tasmania, hoping for no repetition of the 60 mph winds and 70 foot waves that knocked them down last week. They hope to cross the finish line on 9 May.

To find out more, visit www.180degrees.com.