Posts by New Century Expeditions

Tyre dragging vs the chain

After tearing through 3/16 chain in a half hour, I decided I needed to step it up with a much heavier chain.  For this 40 minute session, I dropped by Home Depot this morning and purchased some beefy chain. As I’ve seen others use chains to drag their tires (tyres for you Brits), I went with that.  This time I got some good, heavy chain in hopes that physics would somehow make the chain last much longer. I was wrong.
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Breaking the chain

When purchasing a chain to drag a tire along the road, the first concern is to make sure the chain is long enough to wrap around the tire.  Virtually any classic chain will do.  At least I thought. I wanted to make sure I didn’t have one of those weird twisted chains used on kids swing sets.  Those things aren’t really good for anything.  And the chain that can hold a 1,000 pounds is way overkill.  So there’s no reason to purchase a heavy-duty chain because there’s no way I’m going to pull 280 pounds of load. That may be true, but.
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Rossignol BC 90 Positrack Backcountry Skis Review

The Rossignol BC-90 Positrack Backcounty skis ended up being a great ski for me on my second expedition across Yellowstone in January 2011. In Jan 2010, I had the 189 skis with no skins and could not tow my sled at all with those skis. Originally, the thought was that I needed maximum floatation when traveling through the back country with those skis. They did have great float, virtually as good at my ultra-light snow shoes.
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Tire chains

Training for the south pole trekking can be a daunting task.  On top of all the coordination with different companies, you have to be extremely fit to even consider attempting this.  If you look at the baseline fitness training schedule from Adventure Network International, you will see that  you have to show up in Antarctica already fit and running at maximum ability.
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Getting to the pole via a swimming pool

The first humans arrived at the South Pole 100 years ago.  It was essentially a race between several of the world’s best explorers of their age: Amundsen, Scott and Shackleton.  One made it and returned, another died on the way back and the last ended up in one of the greatest survival epics in history. How did they get there?  They filled their pool.
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