Iridium 9575 Satellite Telephone
Satellite telecommunication from the ice is mandatory. Two Iridium 9575s will be carried. Used with the Iridium Access Point to upload photos.
Iridium Shout Nano
Travelling solo I am required to carry a Personal Locating Beacon (PLB). This device will report my position every 1 hour and can be used to send emergency text messages if required.
Alfa Extreme North Pole GTX Boots
Another Norwegian essential.
An army marches on its stomach and so will I. An 8 day menu of different dishes – repeat 10 times.
Black Diamond Spade
On the heavy side but needs to be tough enough to dig into the hard wind-packed snow of the polar plateau.
A new pair this year. Simply the best.
Ski Trab World Cup Skis
Normally used for ski mountaineering races but ideal for sastrugi fields and steep ascents. Worn with Rottefella bindings and a skin fitted underneath for grip on the snow especially on the ascent.
My version of carpet slippers. Down filled and such a pleasure to slip on at the end of a hard day once in the tent.
The Worsley family crest ready to fly in the polar wind for the third time. There is a long tradition of carrying family flags on polar journeys.
Bridgedale Summit Socks
Warm on the feet during the day – often in your face hanging up to dry in the tent at night.
Icebreaker Merino Leggings
Warm base layer.
Outdoor Research Gorilla Mask
Chin nose cheek and face protection when the temperatures drop.
Waxed Wool WW1 Trench Balaclava
A favourite item.
Bryne String Vest
Norwegians swear by them. Foolish not to listen to them.
Kestrel Weather Station
Weather dictates the speed of travel throughout. This device provides frequent and accurate weather predictions for the journey.
Garmin Geko GPS
All who wander are not lost. This GPS will ensure that.
Gold dust. Works as good against the Antarctic wind protecting the hands as it does on a motorbike.
Black Diamond Mitten
Last line of defence when the temperatures drops to around -40°C.
MSR XGK Stove
Sounds like a jet engine but it’s comforting to hear it firing on full throttle.
A trusted friend. 300 litres of melted snow will pass through its spout on the journey.
HET Power 50 12V Battery and 20W Solar Panel
I will carry two batteries – it is added weight but if I cannot charge my satellite telephone then its game over.
Magnetic Compass and Cradle
Worn on the chest with strap around the neck to keeps the hands free.
Grivel G10 Crampons
Used on the ascent of the Wujek Ridge and then for the descent of the Shackleton Glacier.
Hilleberg Namatj 2 Tent
Home for 80 days.