Warming up for Antarctic challenge

Our flags not only get to clock up some miles but they often help raise awareness of some great causes – and our most recently donated flags and banners are no exception.

The Coldest Journey is the first ever attempt to cross the Antarctic continent during the polar winter whilst raising money for Seeing is Believing, a charitable initiative that raises money to prevent and treat avoidable blindness.

So we’ve provided 12 flags including five Commonwealth flags, one Union flag and six custom flags featuring The Coldest Journey logo, 12 lengths of bunting – PVC and knitted polyester featuring the Seeing is Believing logo, two banners including a mammoth 15m banner with The Coldest Journey logo on it twice… with some banner frames and flag poles to boot!

Flags in production

Flags in production

Led by Sir Ranulph Fiennes, the expedition will start on 6 December 2012 when expedition members and equipment will sail to Antarctica from the Thames to the Lazarev Sea coast in Antarctica.

The traverse will take place between the two seasonal equinoxes, 21 March 2013 – 21 September 2013, with the ice team travelling from Novolazarevskaya (Novo) to the Ross Sea in the Antarctic winter. During this six month period the expedition team will have travelled 2,000 miles, mostly in complete darkness in temperatures close to minus 90C.

Throughout the traverse, the expedition team on the ice and the ship will undertake a number of scientific tasks to provide unique data on glaciology, marine life, oceanography and meteorology.

We wish all The Coldest Journey team the very best for their amazing (and very chilly!) fundraising feat.