Tim Pallin, grandson of Paddy Pallin, takes Cas & Jonesy through the recommend gear to survive in Antarctica. Check out the sleeping and cooking systems they took along to keep warm, comfortable and well fed.
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Press release: Cas and Jonesy accomplish Their World First Expedition!
WORLD FIRST - AUSTRALIAN ADVENTURERS ACHIEVE ANTARCTIC FEAT ON AUSTRALIA DAY
Friday, 27 January 2012 – Australian adventurers Cas (James Castrission, 29) and Jonesy (Justin Jones, 28) have created history by becoming the first pair to travel the 2270km journey from the edge of Antarctica to the South Pole and back, totally unsupported. The arduous trek was in support of the Sony Foundation charitable campaign You Can, which supports young people in Australia with cancer.
After 89 days pushing the very limits of mental and physical pain in one of the planet’s most unpredictable and harshest landscapes, Cas and Jonesy fittingly completed their trek on Australia Day just in time for the last flight out of Antarctica for the season. Suffering from severe sleep and food depravation the boys have experienced hallucinations, continuous fatigue and painful injuries. The pair have been rationing food for most of the expedition and have lost approximately 55kg between them.
“It’s an absolutely fantastic feeling, I can’t describe the elation I am feeling right now,” said Cas. “It’s been nearly three months of extreme hardship and at times simply surviving this adventure has been our goal. It’s great to finish this trek on Australia Day too and we can’t wait to step onto the tarmac at Sydney Airport next week.”
“Despite the blisters, ulcers, soreness and fatigue I feel fantastic!” explained Jonesy. “This trek has been the most mentally and physically demanding thing I have ever done but it feels worth it! I know the enormity of what we have achieved probably won’t sink in until we are back home however I’m now just looking forward to a nice hot meal and sleeping in a comfortable bed!”
The Crossing the Ice expedition aims to raise money for the Sony Foundation charitable campaign "You Can", which supports young people in Australia with cancer. Young Australians with cancer do not receive specialist treatment and are placed in either paediatric or adult wards.
Followers of Cas and Jonesy can show their support by donating at www.casandjonesy.com.au with all funds raised going towards the creation of specialist youth cancer centres.
To find out more about this record-breaking adventure and to donate, visit
Crossing the Ice - The History
Cas and Jonesy landed in the spotlight after their successful paddle across the Tasman. They are now planning to complete the first unsupported return South Pole Expedition, Crossing the Ice. This objective has been attempted by many experienced polar explorers in the past and all have failed. Cas and Jonesy will be walking on foot, man-hauling a pulk (with 160kg of provisions each) and will utilise prevailing wind with kites wherever possible to reach their goal. The duo depart November 2011 and will return successful in January 2012. Summer 2011/12 will also mark the 100 year anniversary of Scott and Amundsen’s South Pole expedition. Paddy Pallin is proud to be selected by Cas and Jonesy as the official equipment sponsor on Crossing the Ice. We will be providing solid advice and dependable gear for the harsh elements and conditions they will encounter.
* Why? Why did you want to do this?
Jonesy and I just LOVE adventure! As kids, we grew up reading stories of Capt Scott, Shackleton, Amudsen and Mawson. These stories were both fascinating and intriguing with Antarctica being the coldest, windiest and most hostile place on the planet. Ever since then we always dreamt that one day we'd head down there and have our own adventure.
* Why did you approach Paddy Pallin for support?
Ever since getting our first canvas rucksacks & leather boots from Paddy's when we were teenagers, we always looked at Paddy Pallin stores as our launching pad into the outdoors. The staff were always knowledgeable, friendly and were able to point us in the right direction with the gear that we needed. Going beyond the gear we loved being able to talk to the staff about their experiences in the outdoors who always had idea's of walks, paddles or canyons to do!
Track more of their journey online at http://casandjonesy.com.au/
Past Sponsorship Recipients
In December 2009, three young marine biologists (Tane Sinclair-Taylor, Alex Vail and Joshua Stewart) undertook a unique expedition in the heart of the coral triangle, the most diverse region on the planet. They navigated through over 60 islands within the Sulawesi archipelago known as the Togean Islands travelling solely via self propelled dugout canoes and surviving purely off the land and sea. Carrying nothing but emergency food, shelter and camera equipment, the Togean Trio documented their adventure for the purpose of raising public awareness of an extremely important marine environment that few have laid eyes on, and that is of increasing risk of irreversible change as the global climate warms and fishing pressures increase. Through their video and still footage, the Togean Expedition demonstrated ways in which humans can live sustainably with fragile ecosystems. Paddy Pallin supported the Togean Expedition with essential gear for these minimalists as well as with helping to spread the word of sustainable living.
PADDY PALLIN SPONSORSHIP GUIDELINES
Each year Paddy Pallin is proud to be the major outdoor sponsor of the Oxfam Trailwalker which helps to raise awareness and money for millions of people in developing nations worldwide.
In addition to this support, Paddy Pallin periodically donates money to environmental causes through our “Don’t Bag the Environment” campaign in our stores. This campaign actively encourages customers not to take a carry bag. For each carry bag that is refused Paddy Pallin donates 20 cents to a nominated environmental cause.
Above and beyond this Paddy Pallin are proud to sponsor select adventurers in their pursuit to explore our globe and their inner strength. You don’t have to be climbing the world’s tallest mountains to be sponsored by Paddy Pallin.
Paddy Pallin the man had a passion for discovering the Australian wilderness and his own limits. Today Paddy Pallin the company sponsors those adventurers who are endeavouring to create a unique journey. To explore more of our globe than the average person, helping to improve the circumstances of those less fortunate or helping to conserve the natural environment that we all love to enjoy.
If you believe that your endeavour falls into one or all of these categories please contact us at the address given below.
We look forward to hearing about your exciting plans and how we can be a part of them.
Paddy Pallin Sponsorship Program
At the heart of any successful partnership is the mutual respect and support of each of the partners. Sponsorship must be viewed as a business relationship between Paddy Pallin (as a provider of funds, resources and/or services) and an individual, event or organization, which offers, in return, benefits and an association for Paddy Pallin.
Paddy Pallin will consider sponsorship support for activities that:
• Demonstrate that our brands are innovative.
• Provide emotional and tangible reasons for Paddy Pallin products and services to be top of mind.
• Reach potential customers for the products and services Paddy Pallin supplies.
• Provide a reputable platform for our brand.
• Meet agreed commercial objectives to ensure effective leveraging takes place.
• Promote Paddy Pallin as a reputable corporate citizen, which gives back to the Australian community.
Your sponsorship proposal will be evaluated and will take about 4 – 6 weeks, at which time you will be informed of Paddy Pallin’s decision.
How To Apply
Please send a request for a Sponsorship Application Form to:
The Marketing Manager