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Antarctica, the final frontier

BBC News - Helen Skelton plans South Pole mission

This TV presenter wants to cycle to the south pole. Well if she can do that, then surely its possible by motorbike?
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Possible, well hell yeah if you have the money, anything is possible. For the record, it helps if you're not butt ugly... Skelton has this aspect covered I think
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But most importantly no Internet access so you can't update the HUBB!!!

I'm ruling it out just because of that.
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On the plus side, the would always be cold

Sadly (for bikers but happily for conservationists) it's a very tightly controlled place, environmentally and otherwise, managed by a number of countries that are all part of the Antarctic Treaty. Chances of getting a bike in and being allowed to "ride" are slim to none. If you want to ski/walk to the pole, you can plan your own expedition or join a commercial one. I assume that as cycling is human powered that's what makes it allowable. Not sure of the logistics of cycling on the ice cap though, skis and a kite would seem to be the most logical choice to me.
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BBC News - Helen Skelton plans South Pole mission

This TV presenter wants to cycle to the south pole. Well if she can do that, then surely its possible by motorbike?
No it's not before you have a permit from The Antarctic Treaty
Transport in Antarctica is limited.

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Due to the fragility of the Antarctic environment, only a limited amount of transport movements can take place and sustainable transportation technologies have to be used to reduce the ecological footprint. The infrastructure of land, water and air transport needs to be safe and sustainable. Currently thousands of tourists and hundreds of scientists a year rely on the Antarctic transportation system.
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4x4s(and a 6 wheel drive) have been to the South Pole.
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Of course because they have permit
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As such, we operate in strict accordance to the environmental tourism guidelines laid out in the Antarctic Treaty. We also go further and operate our own zero impact policy. To achieve this, our temporary camp is dismantled each season, leaving no trace, while all human waste is transported out of Antarctica on regular flights and disposed of responsibly in South Africa.

The entire camp is powered by renewable energy, using solar panels supplied by Cleversolar and a portable wind turbine, to take advantage of Antarctica’s abundant supply of natural power.

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I heard that Slovenian Benka Pulko did it a while back.
But from what I understand, she had the motorbike put ashore, rode around a few minutes, and put it back on the boat.
Whether it can be repeated probably depends on the willingness of the tour boat operator who may (I assume) be risking his license by letting a motorcycle go ashore.

This topic was covered way back in 2003:
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