In the latest installment of BRP's Lynx Adventure series, a team of four adventurers plans to set out on a 4,400-kilometer (2,734-mile) snowmobile expedition across Antarctica.
Led by renowned Finnish explorer Patrick “Pata” Degerman, the men will be travel to the South Pole and back in one of the longest snowmobile expeditions ever made in Antarctica. The adventure is scheduled to start on Dec. 21, and the team’s goal is to celebrate the New Year at the South Pole.
The idea for the expedition began with Pekka Ojanpää’s dream to reach the South Pole.
“Pekka expressed his will to reach the South Pole and his determination really convinced me,” says Degerman, a seasoned explorer. “It will be my sixth expedition to Antarctica, and my motivation is to conquer a mountain in an unexplored area."
The mountain Degerman refers to is a remote unconquered peak in the Wohlthat Mountains, which the team will attempt to ascend for the first time ever. The year 2017 is the centenary of Finland’s independence, and the expedition will honor this by naming the mountain Mount Suomi (the Finnish word for Finland). Mika Listala and Jón Ólafur Magnusson will complete the team with their technical and exploration experience. Not one of the men is an experienced snowmobiler.
The expedition will be equipped with BRP’s Lynx Commander Touratech snowmobiles and Lynx riding gear.
“At Lynx, we design our products for resilient performance even in the fiercest conditions," says Valto Ristimella, marketing director at BRP’s Finland subsidiary. "Going to the South Pole and back is the perfect way to showcase this, and we were immediately excited when the team presented the idea. The Lynx Commander Touratech model was chosen for this trip since it is the ultimate adventure sled, and hence the best match to the expedition’s requirements."
The Lynx Adventure series consists of snowmobile adventures that push riders and equipment to the limits.
“The original idea with the Lynx Adventure series was to offer an online live experience," says Ristimella. "The previous Lynx Adventures already reached a worldwide audience, and this time we are taking the online experience to a new level."
You can follow the team's progress online at www.lynxadventure.com.