23/09/2013

Le magnifique film polaire belge "Beyond the Challenge"!


Le film documentaire "Beyond the Challenge" vient d'être lancé par l'explorateur polaire belge Dixie Dansercoer et Axa Belgique en vue de sensibiliser le public à la thématique du changement climatique. 

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Ce film polaire Beyond the Challenge raconte l’aventure exceptionnelle des explorateurs polaires belges Dixie Dansercoer et Sam Deltour, qui ont repoussé toutes les limites lors de l'Antarctic ICE, l’une des expéditions les plus extraordinaires jamais réalisées depuis la découverte du Pôle Sud.  
 
 

Je vous invite à relire les deux précédentes interviews exclusives réalisées avec nos deux explorateurs polaires Dixie Dansercoer et Sam Deltour=>


 

Plus d'info sur le film Beyond the Challenge en surfant sur www.beyondthechallengemovie.be

26/03/2012

Sensational Antarctica world record - exclusive interview of Belgian polar explorers Dixie Dansercoer & Sam Deltour!

Fabulous...they made itttt! - Tout simplement sensationnel...ils ont réussi! -  Buitengewoon sensationeel...ze zijn geslaagd!  

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Nederlands 

Enkele weken geleden, hebben onze twee poolreizigers Dixie Dansercoer (rechts) en Sam Deltour (links) het wereldrecord gebroken van de langste niet- bevoorrade en niet-gemotoriseerde expeditie op Antarctica. Ze hadden ons reeds voor hun vertrek een exclusief interview bezorgd (dit kan u door hierop te klikken herlezen >>) met een beschrijving over hun voorbereidingen en emoties en hoe deze condities van extreme koude te trotseren.  

Vandaag heb ik hen terug ontmoet voor een nieuw interview dat jullie hieronder kunnen terugvinden zodat wij beter zouden begrijpen wat er achter de schermen van dit ongelofelijk geslaagd avontuur heeft afgespeeld. Zo kunnen we ook besluiten dat de uitdrukking ‘de aanhouder wint’ aan de basis ligt om van onze dromen werkelijkheid te maken. Gefeliciteerd Dixie en Sam! 

Français

Il y a quelques semaines, nos deux explorateurs polaires belges Dixie Dansercoer (à droite) et Sam Deltour (à gauche) ont battu le record du monde de la plus longue expédition en Antarctique sans approvisionnement et sans assistance motorisée. Ils nous livraient déjà avant leur départ dans une interview exclusive (que vous pouvez relire en cliquant ici >>)  les préparatifs et leurs ressentis pour affronter les conditions froides de l'extrême.

Aujourd'hui, je suis allé à leur rencontre pour une nouvelle interview que vous trouverez ci-dessous afin nous puissions mieux comprendre les coulisses de cette incroyable aventure réussie et conclure d'emblé que "la persévérance est le maître mot pour accomplir ses rêves". Félicitations Dixe et Sam!

English

A few weeks ago, both Belgian polar explorers Dixie Dansercoer (right) and Sam Deltour (left) have broken the world record for the longest unassisted and non-motorized expedition in Antarctica. We had already the privilege to interview them before they departure (read here >>) to understand how one needs to be prepared to achieve such expedition in harsh, cold & extreme conditions. 

Today, I wanted to interview them again (here below) for us to better understand the up & downs of such an incredible polar adventure. Above all, let me please already point out the lesson learned of their success: "perseverence is certainly the key word to achieve your dreams”. Congratulations Dixie and Sam!  

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- What a sensational achievement guys, a world polar première...what are the key mental & physical factors to reach such impressive goal in so harsh, so cold, so windy & extreme polar conditions ?  

Dixie=> Clearly, achieving such grand goals can only be accomplished with impeccable preparation, thorough equipment adaptation, a solid dose of desire to reach so-called unreachable goals and a great love for the polar regions.  

Sam=> I totally agree with Dixie. You have to put your whole heart and mind into it, in that order.  

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- Lots of people are wondering how Polar explorers are handling  in such freezing conditions => the accumulation of fatigue after daily skiing, tracking your material, loosing calories, being expose to 24/7 sun... ?

Dixie=> The cold should be your third expedition partner.  Accepting it like a handicap that limits you in your doings is an important first step to this kind of acceptance.  Clearly, you need to know the tricks to combat the cold and that only comes with experience:  one must eat, drink regularly, enjoy enough sleep, know how to dress in specific weather conditions, rely on a well-trained body that is in optimal shape, know the dangers and the red line of low temperatures and strong winds, ...   

Sam=> You just have to do it, and you have to do it right. Don’t whine, don’t complain, laugh at your own misery from time to time and focus on the good things! I know that’s not always easy!  

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- How does it work if you need suddenly to go to the toilet when it can be -20 °C & wearing all your Gore-tex gear? 

Dixie=>  That is a classic question Sourire  FAST is the word!  And it is the worst moment of the day when you come from the relative warmth of the tent.  Again, experience helps:  execute studied gestures, not wasting ANY time to prevent any kind of frostbite and a healthy diet helps you keep a strict routine of going to the toilet so that you can rely to nature’s call to happen at the same moment every day.  Having to ‘go’ in the middle of the day is not something you’ll enjoy because the impact of the cold is much greater and you cannot run back to a tent to ‘re-organize’ things!  

Sam=> Haha, I agree with Dixie!! Fast is the magic word, faster is even better Sourire. You know what, that’s probably the thing I hated the most. If it gets down to -45 and there is a nice wind blowing outside you better be really fast. Having diarrhea in such conditions is something nobody should experience.  

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- Do you have time to wash your body, to clean your socks, clothes...do you use ice you boil then in your tent?

Dixie=> Unfortunately washing can only happen once or twice in those 100 days when there is no wind, when the sun is shining happily and only with temperatures warmer than – 20°C which did not happen at all during our expedition. Our average temperature over the 100 days was minus 31°C...  

Sam=> Yep… that’s it… what can I say, things start to smell. Although it must be said that the cold dulls all bad smells. Also, after a while you just get used to it I suppose. But I was a little worried for my washing machine when it had to deal with my expedition clothing. All windows and doors were wide open while we were taking care of that.  

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- Is the distance with your beloved family and friends something which can at a certain point have a sudden negative effect on your daily performance ?    

Dixie=> No, on the contrary.  Having contact with our headquarters and occasionally with friends and family gave us a big boost.  

Sam=>Yep, I wholeheartedly agree!!! It is always special when you get to hear the people you’ve been thinking about all day long. I never really missed those at home in a negative way, rather on the contrary. Being out there I realized how much they meant to me and how much I appreciate and love them. 

Sam, for you this Antarctica expedition is a première... what was the most difficult daily thing to overcome during your expedition ? The presence & proven expertise of Dixie Dansercoer was certainly a “booster” for you... in which way?  

The presence of Dixie was a huge booster for me to say the least. Dixie is a very nice person to live with. There was a lot of time for laughter and good talks. Also, I learned so much from just watching Dixie. His calm, trust, positive attitude and general good-natured behavior were a real privilege to experience.

The most difficult thing to overcome during the expedition was dealing with the inevitable aches and pains. My knee and ankle were giving me a really hard time. Ah, and also, as I said, going to the toilet!  

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Dixie=> No, as we had very low temperatures and ‘normal’ temperature conditions, I could not say that global warming is manifesting itself to a degree where I would be noticing it.  Where I must believe the trends of global warming involving more and higher winds, that I can confirm.  Especially the enormous amounts of sastrugi (deformation of the ice surface due to high winds) are proof of that.  

Sam=> Yep, totally true. If you look at the written accounts of previous expeditions nobody mentioned the kind and the amount of sastrugi we encountered over there. It could possibly be explained by warmer temperatures at the coast and the colder temperatures on the plateau. This is proven and caused by global warming and the hole in the ozone layer. This greater temperature-difference would create stronger katabatic winds and thus more sastrugi. Something for the scientists to figure out…

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- What was the most beautiful souvenir you had during this long adventure ?  

Dixie=> Having a good laugh with Sam, resulting in tears and stomach cramps!  

Sam=> The great moments of true team-spirit out there! 

- During these 4 months, you had also the possibility to dream of new Polar projects...Dixie, this wasn’t your last “polar record”...any new goals you plan to achieve next year ? Sam, do you see yourself in the coming years as being the Belgian “successor” of Dixie & having the desire to conquer new Polar lands by yourself...what are your wishes in the field of polar activities ? 

Dixie=> I will concentrate on guiding trips to the North Pole and ski-touring in combination with ski-kiting in Antarctica so that I can share my extensive experiences.  Still too young to let go of my ambitions, but keeping these silent for a while...   

Sam=> Good question but I am afraid it will be up to the future to answer it. We’ll see. I definitely really liked being out there and probably there’s still some stuff left to do in the polar regions. Time will tell. 

Wij nodigen jullie allemaal uit jullie boodschappen hieronder neer te schrijven om Dixie en Sam te feliciteren met deze ongelofelijk geslaagde Pooluitdaging.

Nous vous invitons tous à écrire ci-dessous vos messages pour féliciter Dixie et Sam de la réussite de cet incroyable défi polaire.  

We invite you all to write here below your messages to congratulate Dixie & Sam with the success of their incredible polar challenge.  

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You wish to know more about Dixie Dansercoer, I invite you to surf on his polar website www.polarcircles.com and if you wish to participate with Dixie himself to a guiding trip to the North pole or even a ski-touring in combination with a kite-touring in Antarctica...it's really possible...just click here for more info...you will "love" the man and certainly learn from him many polar tips & tricks....enjoyyyyyyyy your new project with Mr Dixie!  

23/12/2011

Dixie & Sam ont atteint le pôle Sud - Communiqué de presse

Antarctic ICE : 30 jours sur la glace et 1.759 km dans les jambes !

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Bruxelles, le 22 décembre 2011 - Le 21 décembre, après un difficile périple de 1.759 km, les explorateurs polaires Dixie Dansercoer et Sam Deltour ont atteint le pôle Sud, première étape de leur formidable expédition Antarctic ICE

Les explorateurs polaires Dixie Dansercoer et Sam Deltour ont atteint le pôle Sud le 21 décembre, à 20h00 UTC. Après un périple de 30 jours et 1.759 km, Dixie et Sam ont enfin pu annoncer par téléphone satellite que la première grande étape de l'expédition Antarctic ICE est accomplie !  Les deux explorateurs ont parcouru la distance séparant le point de départ (74° 53' 40" S et 12° 18' 27" E) du pôle Sud géographique sans aucun approvisonnement ni assistance motorisée et poussés par les vents balayant le haut plateau antarctique. Ils ont planté leur tente non loin de la station de recherche scientifique américaine Scott-Amundsen et prévoient de poursuivre leur expédition dans les prochains jours, après quelques heures de repos bien mérité. Nos aventuriers fêterons donc Noël et le Nouvel An sur la glace.

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Dixie et Sam sont ravis d'avoir d'avoir accompli cette première et difficile étape de leur expédition. L'utilisation quotidienne des kites - souvent plus de dix heures d'affilées sur un terrain difficile leur a demandé une bonne dose d'endurance. En Antarctique la nature est seule maîtresse et en tant qu'explorateur polaire, vous n'avez d'autre choix que de l'accepter. L'omniprésence de sastrugis, des dunes de neige durcies formées par le vent, a rendu le déplacement avec les kites hasardeux, difficile et souvent dangereux. Mais malgré leurs genoux et leur dos endoloris, Dixie et Sam se sentent fin prêts à relever ce défi jusqu'au bout.

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Dans les prochains jours, les membres de l'expédition s'aventureront dans l'Antarctique est, une région encore totalement inexplorée. L'objectif est de continuer à exploiter au maximum les vents catabatiques qui soufflent sur le plateau antarctique, le plus élevé, le plus froid et le plus venteux du globe terrestre. Ces vents sont formés lorsque l'air refroidit à proximité de la couche de neige et atteint alors une densité supérieure à celle de l'air environnant. Cet air plus lourd glisse de la calotte glaciaire vers les côtes et est dévié par la force de Coriolis (ainsi nommée d'après l'ingénieur français Gustave-Gaspard Coriolis) exercée par la rotation de la Terre. Dixie et Sam comptent profiter de leur expédition pour effectuer un maximum de mesures des vents de l'Antarctique Est.

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Les deux aventuriers espèrent parcourir plus de 5.000 km en 100 jours en profitant au maximum de l'énergie éolienne ainsi que des kites et des traînaux élaborés sur mesure. S'ils atteignent leur objectif, les explorateurs batteront le record du monde de l'expédition autonome non motorisée la plus longue. Ce record est détenu par l'aventurier norvégien Rune Gjeldnes. Il a parcouru il y a cinq ans 4.808 km en 90 jours, sans approvisionnement pendant son périple. 

Contacts presse

Antarctic ICE

Stefan Maes

(+32 475 89 43 46)

stefan@ligna.be   

Creative Strategies

Benita Dreesen

(+32 475 24 27 90)

bdreesen@creative-strategies.eu.com    

Soutenons et encourageons nos deux explorateurs belges dans la concrétisation de ce véritable challenge et suivons au quotidien l'avancement de cette fabuleuse expédition polaire sur Antarctic ICE

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24/10/2011

Sur VTM ce mardi 25/10 nos 2 explorateurs polaires Dixie Dansercoer et Sam Deltour...

Sur la chaîne télé VTM, le programme "Telefacts" présente ce mardi soir 25 octobre 2011 à 20.40 nos deux explorateurs polaires belges Dixie Dansercoer (à gauche) et Sam Deltour (à droite) qui entameront d'ici quelques jours un record mondial de distance en Antarctique (+-6000km) pour une expédition non motorisée (en ski, en kite et à pied).  

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Rappelez-vous de l'interview exclusive réalisée pour Ice and Green - cliquez ici pour mieux comprendre le ressenti et la philosophie de Sam et de Dixie quelques jours avant le jour J >>

Op VTM, Telefacts - deze dinsdag 25 oktober 2011 om 20.40: "... Over twee dagen vertrekken Dixie Dansercoer en Sam Deltour op expeditie naar Oost-Antarctica voor een tocht van 6000 kilometer, te voet. Ze hopen het te halen in 100 dagen wat meteen een nieuw wereldrecord zal zijn: “Het is daar een ijswoestijn. Er  is niks en er leeft niks. Het is er gemakkelijk -40 tot -50 graden koud”, zegt Sam... meer info >> "

Encourageons-les ici à la réussite de ce défi polaire unique, extrême et qui sera au combien spectaculaire. 


19/09/2011

Lancement officiel d'Ice and Green!

Pour le lancement officiel d’Ice & Green, j’ai eu le privilège d'aller à la rencontre de nos deux explorateurs polaires belges Dixie Dansercoer et Sam Deltour. Ils entameront dès le mois de Novembre 2011 un record mondial de distance en Antarctique (+-6.000km) pour une expédition non motorisée (en ski, en kite et à pied)  et non ravitaillée. Voici l'interview exclusive pour Ice & Green et encourageons-les à la réussite de ce défi polaire unique, extrême et qui sera au combien spectaculaire!

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- Pat Ice to Dixie and Sam - Why this adventure may be considered as a really special challenge for you both?

Dixie => I guess that I am pretty much hooked on polar travel as it has given me so much insight in life; both in the grand scheme of it, as a world citizen in society and on a personal level. The expedition itself is a big step into the unknown as the itinerary is one purely based on the presence of wind. East Antarctica is terra incognita in the purest sense of the word.  Being submitted to the unknown and having to adapt to conditions that are not in the books has always teased me. 

Sam=> To me it means a childhood dream coming true. I was 11 when I wanted to become a polar traveller and 13 when I heard about Dixie for the first time. Roald Amundsen was my hero as a young boy. I always wanted to do something on the continent 100 years after he reached the pole for the first time. I was just very lucky to meet Dixie and I’m very honoured getting the opportunity to travel with him for 100 days.

I’m looking forward to enter the pristine beauty of Antarctica, to dissolve in the endless white.  

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- Pat Ice to Dixie (left in picture) & Sam (right in picture) - What do you fear most during this world record Antarctic expedition ?

Sam=> I have very little fears.

We’re doing everything to be perfectly prepared. Whatever must happen will happen and we’ll deal with it. We’ll look for the solutions on the problems that will come our way. We’re humble subjects of the wind out there.

Dixie => I really believe that fear should not be part of any of my undertakings as they would prove that in my realm of preparations I do not feel one with the project and that i recognize my shortcomings. Being in tune, feeling the flow of thins is what I aim for. And there is no place for fear.  

Realistically, though, I know that we need to be very careful with the cold, the incredible force of the wind and the fact that we should be aware of the fact that we are out there alone. Relying on modern-time logistics would be relying on a false sense of security and safety.  

- Pat Ice to Sam - It must be a great honour for you to build up a partnership with one of the greatest Polar explorer of our century, Dixie Dansercoer....How are you preparing this challenge as a young explorer full of energy & vitality ?   

Yeah, once again, it’s a great honour being able to travel with Dixie. Dixie is coming home in Antarctica. I learn so much from him by just watching how he moves and acts down there. He never fights the winds but gently embraces them. He never curses the cold but quietly protects himself. He never curses at problems but calmly solves them. 

How do I prepare for an expedition like that? Well… lots of training. There is the physical aspect of the preparations. I go to the gym, building muscle mass and I go to the sea to go kitesurfing as much as I can. I do stretchings to keep my muscles flexible. In the mean time I’ve never paid so much attention to my diet before. My body will be 100 percent ready.

On top of that there is the mental preparation. It will be a long and monotonous trip. I do some zen-meditation and I have a huge map of Antarctica hanging next to my desk. I try to visualise what we’re up to. I analyse my strengths and weaknesses and I try to anticipate.  But I have to admit, I’m just looking forward to be out there on my ski’s with the wind in our backs and the kites guiding us to the horizon.  

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- Pat Ice to Sam - what would you recommend to youngsters willing to accomplish their dreams or/& projects?

It might sound sappy, but here it is, follow your heart! We all have those things in life that we just love to do and that make us better people, things in which we can unfold our potential and transcend our limits. Dare to go for that. Dare to talk about your dreams, send them into this world and see what happens.

It’s not always easy to follow the path of your dreams but if you’re dedicated and are willing to make the right sacrifices anything is possible.

- Pat Ice to Dixie - If I say “Ice & Green” what is your first reaction & I should one be inspired when it comes to Polar regions protection ? 

When one has had the privilege to have witnessed reclining ice extent in the Arctic or penguins in distress due to warming temperatures, wanting to react is a normal result.  When you are offered a voice and when we have the desire to motivate people to be inspired by the pure polar regions, I guess that all efforts should be directed towards in that the direction.  

Nous vous invitons tous à écrire ci-dessous vos messages de soutien afin d'encourager Dixie et Sam au succès de cet incroyable défi. Suivez au jour le jour l'évolution de leur expédition polaire sur www.antarcticICE !

We invite you all to write here below your support messages to encourage Dixie & Sam in the success of their incredible challenge. Follow their polar expedition day by day on www.antarcticICE.be !   

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AntarcticIce Trailer June 2011 from BEELDharing on Vimeo.

02/07/2011

Deux explorateurs polaires belges à 4 mois d'un défi incroyable!

Nos deux explorateurs polaires belges Dixie Dansercoer et Sam Deltour viennent de lancer leur nouveau site web www.antarcticICE.be et ce à peine à 4 mois du départ d'une incroyable expédition au coeur de l'Antarctique.

Nous vous invitons à surfer sur www.antarcticICE.be et à leur envoyer pleins d'énergie et d'encouragements pour la réussite de ce challenge unique qui consistera à établir entre les mois de novembre 2011 et février 2012 un record mondial de distance (+-6.000km à ski et en kite) pour une expédition extrême non motorisée et non ravitaillée en Antarctique. 

Belgian polar explorers Dixie Dansercoer & Sam Deltour have just launched their new expedition website called www.antarcticICE.be 

We invite you all to surf under www.antarcticICE.be & give them a great boost support in their incredible challenge to establish between November 2011 & February 2012 a world distance record (+- 6.000km by ski & kite) for a non-motorised and unsupplied expedition in Antarctica.  

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AntarcticIce Trailer June 2011 from BEELDharing on Vimeo.