GAMANIA CHEER UP FOUNDATION Launches “An Expedition In Antarctica” for Tenth Anniversary
TAIPEI, Taiwan--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec 21, 2018--To encourage young people to have big dreams, GAMANIA CHEER UP FOUNDATION launches “An Expedition In Antarctica” after the completion of the inspiring “Polar Challenge” ten years ago. The first expedition team to Antarctica in Taiwan’s history is established with the goal of reaching the South Pole via cross-country skiing under an extreme environment of 50 degrees c below zero and with a wind speed of 50 kilometers per hour, paying tribute to the spirit of adventure.
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Team members of Antarctica Expedition Team from left to right: SHERRY LIN , Tommy Chen ,Albert Liu, CHRIS WANG, GARY WU and YANG Li-chou (Photo: Business Wire)
The team is led by Founder Albert Liu of the Foundation, where Ultra-marathon runner Tommy Chen and famous actor CHRIS WANG serve as coach and mentor. The intergenerational and interdisciplinary team also consists of two 20-year-old Big Dream Youth SHERRY LIN and GARY WU. Director YANG Li-chou of the documentary film “Beyond the Arctic” ten years ago also participates in the expedition to document the feat in full.
Soon after the start of the march, they were faced with blizzards which caused delays in schedule. In view of various factors such as food supply and weather, they had decided to adjust their plan, and decided to compress the total number of days of the march to 20 days, and abandoned the original 660 km “Coast to Pole Route.” Instead, they switched to the shorter but more challenging “Antarctic Plateau Route.” The route is about 350 kilometers. It starts from 87 degrees south of the equator and 2545 meters above sea level. They may encounter a polar vortex along the way. In addition to the thinner air and more unstable oxygen supply, the wind and temperature are challenging due to high altitude. Although the members are at 2545 meters above sea level, the physical sensation is equivalent to height of 4000–5000 meters.
Since the official challenge began on December 6, it has been 15 days, and around 250 kilometers has been covered. The team has crossed the 89 degrees south of equator mark, and it is officially entering the final stage of the last 100 kilometers. This will be Taiwan’s first team to reach the South Pole via cross-country skiing.
Since its establishment in 2008, GAMANIA CHEER UP FOUNDATION has actively advocated for people to get out of the comfort zone. Albert Liu said: “We want to tell you through actions that no matter which generation, we must have the courage to break through the status quo and have the opportunity to be the master our own destiny. The members through challenging the South Pole, where resources are extremely scarce and environment harsh, hope to continue to convey the spirit of ‘big dreams’ and the courage of ‘adventure’ to youngsters of the this generation.”
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PR Katie Ko
KEYWORD: ASIA PACIFIC TAIWAN
INDUSTRY KEYWORD: OUTDOORS SKIING/SNOWBOARDING SPORTS
SOURCE: GAMANIA CHEER UP FOUNDATION
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