The Expedition


At the end of 2014, we shall leave São Paulo on an epic journey: going around the world, not along the traditional lines  of going from east to west, but from north to south largely by land, along the polar axis.

When we were kids, we always have dreams about what we want to be and what we want to do. Many of us want to be doctors, nurses, fireman, policemen… explorers… but as we grow up, many of us forget these dreams as we get sucked into universities, careers, and the pressures of everyday life and responsibilities. As a kid, I loved stories of Scott of the Antarctic; Shackleton; Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing ascending Mount Everest; explorers such as Livingston and Mungo Park going through Africa. I wanted to reach the South Pole and go to far off places.

Growing older, these dreams drifted away – okay, I travelled to Asia and South America, but nothing that really came close to these dreams. Costs of living, responsibilities to work and family, studies… the thought that those dreams were not really possible, so drifting into contentedness with second best… things faded away, and we became pretty much normal people, living normal lives in the city. Though as with many of, they didn’t disappear, they still remained, as did the fundamental belief that just being “content” is not the best way of living life – that second best isn’t the way forward, and that if we put our minds to it, we can realize our dreams; in putting our minds to it, we can reach our forgotten dreams.

Hence 360 Extremes was born.

The 360 Extremes route

The 360 Extremes route will be completed by bike through the Americas and skiing across the North Pole. After arriving in northern Europe, we will go back to the bikes and head through Russia, Asia and Australasia; eventually we will kite-surf our way across the Antarctic continent before we cross over into Patagonia. We will arrive back in São Paulo in 2017, over three years after we leave.

No other team in the world has done this journey.

Though the journey itself begins in 2014, the adventure has already begun. To be able to complete this circle, we need to train and transform ourselves from people who have been caught up in the rat race of the city into adventurers who will face some of the most extreme conditions that exist on this Earth.  The next two years will be spent in training projects in Brazil and across the world to ensure that the expedition is a success.

Follow our efforts here on our blog, and on Facebook and Twitter.

Photos and Graphics (C) Benjamin Weber or reproduced with permission.

  1. Layinka says:

    Impressive! I hope you find someone 🙂 I’ve forwarded your site to many friends.
    Take care xx Layinka

    • Ben Weber says:

      Thanks Layinka!! Enjoyed reading your blog and helped me remember a few bits of the v. basic Mandarin which had forgotten! – i remember when lived in China with a song which went roughly like “I love you… only you… like mice love rice” – quite funny lyrics! (I remember how to sing the chorus, but definitely cant write it!) Cheers! Ben x

      • Layinka says:

        How intriguing!!! I will see if I can find your ‘I love you song’. I think when you stop writing Hanzi you forget and when you forget it is harder to get yourself to work on your writing again. It is possible but it feels as though you will have to move mountains before getting to where you were before. But hey!! Your bracing yourself for a rather ‘unusual’ adventure, I don’t think it would be too hard for you. 🙂

  2. Nice pictures. Very detailed.

  3. xandimusic says:

    very impressive and stunning great photos!!

  4. ***The LensMaster says:

    Dang! Hope I was part of that journey! Wow! Simply WOW!!!!!

  5. G says:

    wow! all the best. may you keep updating your preparations 🙂

  6. munchow says:

    This sounds like a great journey.

  7. Have fun guys/girls; sounds like great adventure and lots of fun and unforgetable experience, good luck

  8. mitch says:

    Coolest thing I have seen in a while. Go for it guys!

  9. Wow, what an amazing opportunity and adventure of a lifetime! Wish you all the best and can’t wait to hear about all the tales!

  10. passporttorainbows says:

    One day I’ll find the courage to this. 🙂 I wish you all the best and if you guys are ever in the Philippines, I hope I get to meet you.

  11. passporttorainbows says:

    One day I’ll find the courage to do this. I wish you all the best and if you guys are ever in the Philippines, I hope I get to meet you.

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