It won’t be long now before polar explorer Eric Philips will be leading his team of wounded war veterans on their grueling sixteen-day trek through the Antarctic.
The South Pole Allied Challenge “Walking with the Wounded” will be raising money for sick and injured military personnel, and G-layer is providing Eric with a Yellowbrick tracker to keep him safe and always in touch with his team at Icetrek.
Eric has packed his bags, boarded the plane in Hobart and is now in London with all the race competitors. We spoke with him on Skype yesterday, making sure his Yellowbrick tracker is fully operational and ready for another polar adventure. With the technicalities all sorted, this is what he said about preparations:
“I’m here (in London) with teams UK, USA and Commonwealth and the large support team including logistics, doctor and camera team. We are doing our final prep and media before heading to Cape Town on the 16th and Antarctica on the 19th. We are all, including Prince Harry, looking forward to going south, some a bit more apprehensive than others due to the immersion into a foreign world of ice, intense cold and the prospect of racing more than 300km on skis in these conditions.”
G-Layer – Proudly sponsoring Eric Philips
Eric has with him a Yellowbrick Standard tracker and messenger, supplied courtesy of G-Layer’s stock.
We have provided Eric with a soft pouch, the Yellowbrick app and our technical support, which is free for everyone who purchases a Yellowbrick satellite tracker and messenger.
As we usually do for all our customers, we have helped Eric configure his Yellowbrick with custom “canned” messages. It will be easy for him to send + receive messages and operate his Yellowbrick with his mittens on, without risking frostbite.
While Sat phones sometimes freeze solid, Yellowbrick will be still functional and fully operational! Check out the North Pole Expedition article.
Eric will also bring his iPhone to Antarctica, to use from his tent. The combination of iPhone and Yellowbrick tracker two way messenger will enable Eric to update his Facebook and Twitter profile and communicate with his family back in Hobart.
The long way to the South Pole will be tracked relentlessly by Eric’s Yellowbrick and will be visible for everyone to follow on his website, as well as on g-layer.com.au.
Yellowbrick – Simple, Robust and Dependable
Yellowbrick and Eric, are both veterans of polar travel. Here in Byron, we’ll sit in “the shed” and keep an eye on Eric as he’ll be on skis, racing toward 90 degrees south.
We supplied Eric with the best piece of equipment, yet the most simple and dependable tracking device we have ever tried.
Good luck Eric, make us all proud!