Ogita departed from Japan to Antarctica Nov 10th,
The Expedition has already started !
A New Challenge....
For the First Time to the South Pole
With 18 years of adventures to the Arctic, now the goal is set to a new destination, the South Pole.
Bringing back the lessons learned and knowledge gained from the expedition, Yasu Ogita aims to discover values which can benefit society as a whole.
He has brought his own experiences from the North Pole to children in Japan through the 100 Miles Adventure Project giving them joy and a wider perspective of the world around them.
For Yasu Ogita the challenge of the South Pole is an opportunity to step out into another field and see a new world.
“How can I travel 1,130 km in a harsh solo expedition while dealing with the extreme physical exhaustion? How can I improve upon existing tools? What will be the best way to record and convey the beauty of Antarctica?” With the help and knowledge of many people Yasu Ogita will attempt to reach the South Pole.
Any challenge starts with an extremely personal desire. But the individual challenge itself eventually meets with someone and connects with society. Without the challenges of individual people, society cannot develop, and without society, individual challenges cannot be realized.
South Pole Expedition Summary
Approx. 60 days from mid-Nov, 2017 to mid-Jan, 2018 (planned departure from Japan Nov 10)
Hercules Inlet to South Pole (1,130 km)
During the course of the expedition Yasu Ogita will not rely on supplies from any external source, nor will he use any means of motorized power to assist him on his journey. He will be entirely self-sufficient and attempt to complete the expedition using only his own efforts.
To be the first unaided Japanese explorer to reach the South Pole. To bring home the lessons learned and knowledge gained from the expedition to a wider audience and help foster inspiration about the challenge.
Nov 10 : Departure from Japan → Punta Arenas(Chile)
Nov 15 : Punta Arenas → Union Gracier Camp(Antarctic Base)
Nov 18 : Union Gracier → Hercules Inlet(Start Point)
↓ Solo to the South
Jan 7 : South Pole
With an outstanding Arctic explorer career already behind him, Yasu Ogita is Japan's only Arctic adventurer and has been drawing attention from the media both at home and abroad. Spanning 18 years from 2000 to 2017, he has been to the Arctic 15 times with more than 9,000 km covered throughout the Arctic region. He has been on solo expeditions mainly in the Canadian Arctic Circle, Greenland, and the Arctic Ocean.
1977 born in Kanagawa Pref. Japan
2000 Resolute Bay - North Magnetic Pole 700km on foot
2001 Polar training in Resolute Bay
2002 Resolute Bay - Grise Fiord 500km solo trek
2003 Cambridge Bay (Victoria Is. Arctic Canada) solo trek
2004 Greenland Icecap traverse 2000km
Siorapalu - Ammasallik
2006 Cambridge Bay trekking
2007 Resolute Bay - Cambridge Bay 1000km solo trek
2008 Tundra summer trek in Canadian Arctic
2010 Resolute - North Magnetic Pole solo 700km trek
2011 Resolute - Gjoa Haven - Baker Lake 1600km trek
2012 North Pole solo unsupported 1st attempt
2014 North Pole solo unsupported 2nd attempt
2016 Grise Fiord - Siorapaluk 1000km solo trek
2017 Cambridge Bay training for Antarctic Expedition