Irish adventurer Mike O’Shea is getting set to embark on what promises to be quite an interesting set of expeditions. Having climbed in the Himalaya, Karakoram, and other remote locations, as well as skied across the North Patagonia Ice Camps, the South Kilimanjaro Ice Camp, Greenland, and South Georgia, he now plans to become the first person to reach six Poles of Inaccessibility on the planet.
For those who are unaware of the concept, a “Pole of Inaccessibility” is the point on the map that is most challenging to reach being as far a way as possible from certain geographical features. For instance, the North Pole of Inaccessbility is found in the Arctic Ocean, at the point that is furthest from any land mass.
The South Pole of Inaccessibility is located in the heart of the frozen continent that is the furthest point from any coasts. The locations are always extremely remote, challenging to reach, and typically unmarked on a map.
So, what are the six Poles of Inaccessibility that O’Shea plans on reaching? In addition to the South Pole, he’ll also visit the POI of North America (located in South Dakota), South America (found in the Brazilian Mato Grosso region), Australia (located in the Northern Territory), Africa (located in the Congo), Eurasia (near the border with China and Kazakistan).
Each of these spots will be reached by whatever means is necessary, including driving, hiking, skiing, on horseback, and so on. Several will involve full traverses of the continent as well.
The first POI that Mike will attempt to reach is in the U.S., which is the easiest of the group. He should arrive int he country soon and begin his journey from New York to Los Angeles, with a stop over in South Dakota to hit the Pole of Inaccessibility there. After that, he’ll move on to South America next, which will be considerably more challenging.
The POI there is located in a more remote area that will be more difficult to get to. The other POI’s will follow as the expedition unfolds in the weeks ahead, with Antarctica being the most difficult overall.
You can find out more about this project at ThePolesProject.com. You’ll also be able to follow’ Mike’s progress on that site.
Big thanks to the Expedition News for sharing this story.
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