Victoria Island 2008
The iiNet 1000 Hour Day Expedition
For two years Clark and Chris thought about how best to re-tackle the problem that they faced on their first attempt to traverse the island in 2005. They thought what they should do differently and how to make it a success second time around. Chris finished his Engineering degree at uni while Clark chewed through more of his film and media studies, and at last they pulled together their plan for The iiNet 1000 Hour Day Expedition!
The plan being that in May 2008, Clark and Chris were dropped off at the finishing point from their 2005 expedition, dug up an Australian Geographic Society flag they conveniently left buried there, and continue on, carrying it to the most Westerly point of Victoria Island, still a good 700km away.
This time though, the boys had the advantage of experience and hindsight and totally re-designed their PAC to be lighter, stronger, weirder and more importantly, easier to handle over the rough terrain. Huge tractor inner tube tyres covered with bullet-proof Kevlar fabric helped prevent them sinking into mud pits, breaking through thin ice, and let them roll easily over larger obstacles.
They also learnt never to underestimate how long such a trip will take and brought with them 100 days of supplies for the continuation of their world-first adventure.
It ended up taking 70 days of non stop blood sweat and tears for the pair to finally make it to the far side, but they did it!
After spending a combined 128 days alone on the island, Clark and Chris became the first people in history to walk across this remarkable island.
Visit the 1000 Hour Day Expedition website.