Mike O’ Shea and Clare O’ Leary successfully completed a gruelling 19 day expedition crossing the North Patagonian Icecap in November 2013. The North Patagonia Icecap is the fifth largest icecap in the world, and is located in Chile, South America. The pair are believed to be the first Irish to have competed this crossing. Only a handful of teams internationally have ever completed this expedition.
The expedition includes horse riding, boating crossings, ice climbing, sled pulling and hauling of huge loads in excess of 80kg across some of the most inhospitable terrain in the world. Patagonia is known for having some of the harshest weather known to man, with the team facing 100 mile per hour winds, blizzard conditions and torrential rain.
Mike and Clare were joined by Norwegians Bengt Rotmo and Elin Harestad, unfortunately losing fellow Irish team member Bill Hanlon due to injury early in the expedition.
Blog posts from the expedition can be found here .