It's very exciting to announce that the Speedfly8000 Project has been 1 of 8 expeditions selected to receive the Bi-Annual Hillary Sparc Grant.  

Kiwis attempt world firsts with Hillary Expedition Grants

SPARC Press Release 13th December
New Zealand expedition will attempt to be the first in the world to sea kayak the rough waters along the Borchgrevink Coast in Antarctica’s Ross Sea.

The Adventure Philosophy team of Mark Jones, Marcus Waters and Graham Charles will spend about six weeks dragging and paddling their sea kayaks 800kms along the coastline from Ross Island to Cape Adare.

The Furthest South expedition team is one of eight groups awarded Hillary Expeditions Grants by SPARC to help them carry out world-first and world-class adventures in the outdoors.

Another expedition will attempt to make the first speedflying descent off an 8000 metre peak in Tibet. Mal Haskins and Dugald Peters will attempt to ski tour and climb Shishapangma, before making a speedflying descent off the mountain.

Other expeditions include paddling a waka ama from Dunedin to Gisborne, kayaking remote rivers in Papua New Guinea, further exploration of New Zealand’s first 1000m deep cave, and first attempts climbing new routes and mountains both in New Zealand and overseas.

The grants range from $10,000 to $20,000 out of a total $100,000 fund. SPARC allocates Hillary Expedition Grants every two years.

SPARC Chief Executive Peter Miskimmin, who sat on the selection panel, said the adventures planned by the expedition teams were truly awe-inspiring.

"All New Zealanders are fascinated, and feel proud and inspired by Sir Edmund Hillary’s feats. These grants honour that history,’’ Miskimmin said.

"The people on these expeditions will need to be physically and mentally tough. They’ll need to plan well, yet be ready to deal with the unexpected. They are the high-performance athletes of outdoor recreation and I hope that, like Hillary, these adventurers go on to create their own inspiring stories for New Zealanders,’’ Miskimmin said.

"They will put New Zealand on the map, and I wish them well with the challenges ahead.’’

SPARC introduced the Hillary Expedition Grants scheme in 2002. Objectives of the initiative include encouraging inspirational adventures, inspiring others to challenge themselves in the great outdoors, and reinforcing that New Zealand is a nation of great adventurers and achievers.

The expeditions involve extreme adventures and world-class challenges in the outdoors. They include activities such as tramping, mountaineering, rock climbing, cross-country skiing, white-water and sea kayaking, mountain biking, and sailing.

Previous expeditions have included crossing the Greenland ice cap, big wall climbing in Pakistan, making first ascents including of a previously unclimbed tower in the Aisen Province, Chile, and new routes on peaks in Antarctica.







Leave a Reply