On 6th December, a team of explorers led by Sir Ranulph Fiennes will set off from London on the world's first ever attempt to cross the Antarctic in winter.
The 2000-mile journey has for many years been considered too perilous to try and the group will have to overcome one of earth's most hostile environments if they are to succeed, exposing themselves to temperatures as low as -80c and operating in near permanent darkness.
A winter traverse of the Antarctic is widely regarded as the last true remaining polar challenge and the expedition's success will reassert Britain's status as the world's greatest nation of explorers.
A fund-raising initiative will run side-by-side with the expedition with the aim of raising $10m for Seeing is Believing to help fight blindness around the world.
Having never been attempted, the expedition will also provide unique and invaluable scientific research that will help climatologists, as well as forming the basis for an education programme that will reach up to 100,000 schools across the Commonwealth.
To find out more go to www.thecoldestjourney.org