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Antarctic Quest 21

We are delighted to be supporting Antarctic Quest 21, an expedition that will undertake essential exploration activities crucial for predicting our planet’s future in the age of manmade climate change.

Antarctic Quest 21

We are delighted to be supporting Antarctic Quest 21, an expedition that will undertake essential exploration activities crucial for predicting our planet’s future in the age of manmade climate change.

In keeping with the values of the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration and the iconic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton, Expedition Antarctic Quest 21, will travel into the untrodden regions of the Antarctic Peninsula to undertake essential science and exploration activities crucial for predicting our planet’s future in the age of manmade climate change.

Why is this expedition so important?

The core purpose of this expedition is to contribute to the scientific understanding of Antarctica’s solid Earth, ice, ocean, and atmosphere, and what recent and future environmental changes mean to every single one of us.

The intention is to continue the science and exploration programme on the Antarctic Peninsula and in the 201st anniversary year of the discovery of Antarctica, the Expedition Antarctic Quest 21 team will travel over and along the spine of the Peninsula to gather data for scientific research of climate change, meteorology, geology, and glaciology.

Of special importance will be the collection of samples for research into microplastics, metal and nutrient content of the snow on the Peninsula, revealing just how we humans are affecting the most remote areas of the planet.

BetterYou is honoured to be a small part of this historic expedition that is destined to leave a legacy in scientific research and education, with endless benefit to the environment that we live in.

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Operating on the Antarctic Peninsula is no easy task with considerable climatic and environmental challenges. The only mechanism of movement across the ice is by ‘man-haul’ and this is very much in the spirit of and invokes the memory of Sir Ernest Shackleton and the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration.

Man-hauling loads of around 110kg, the team will brave tremendous weather conditions and the ever-present dangers of crevasse and avalanche and will also have to deal with the mental impact of the gruelling expedition.

Smart supplementation

Powering the team’s pre-expedition training, during-expedition health, and post-expedition recovery, BetterYou has teamed up with Performance Nutritionist, Emily Whitehead, to provide nutritional guidance and support overall wellbeing.

Our exact health needs are as individual as we are, without understanding specific nutrient levels in the body, it’s difficult to supplement optimal amounts. That’s why, BetterYou has tested the nutrient levels of all expedition team members, the results of which will inform personalised supplementation advice.

Cementing our total and absolute commitment to building a better planet, BetterYou is delighted to deliver expert nutritional support to the Expedition Antarctic Quest 21 team, safeguarding health and wellbeing to enable scientific research and amplify awareness of the toll of humanity on our planet, Earth.  

Andrew Thomas - Founder and Chief Executive

Meet the expedition team

Paul Hart
(Lt Cdr RNR)

Antony Jinman
(Ex-Able Seaman Survey Recorder)

Kate Retallick
(Lt Cdr RN)

Martin Densham
(Lt Cdr RN (Rtd))

Claire Grogan

Richard Simpson
(SSgt Army)

Colonel Paul John Edwards
(MBE)

Rickard Berg
(Sweden)

The route

Education

As early pioneers to Antarctica, Expedition Antarctic Quest 21 aim to inform, educate, and inspire the public about Antarctica and a comprehensive, educational outreach programme will be developed to broaden knowledge and understanding of this area.

The programme enables students, teachers, and parents to follow the expedition for updates, discuss topics with the team, and access resources.  

With fundraising and support, we can continue this outreach long after the expedition is over, creating a fitting legacy to the project.

Environmental research

The expedition supports international scientific projects through daily observations, installation of equipment, sampling of snow and undertaking measurements. These include:

  • UK Antarctic Seismic & GNSS Network (UKANET)
  • Geophysical Investigation of the Antarctic Peninsula
  • Projecting Sea-Level Rise: from Ice Sheets to Local Implications (PROTECT)
  • Processes Influencing Carbon Cycling: Observations of the Lower Limb of the Antarctic Overturning (PICCOLO)
  • Long-Range Atmospheric Transport of Microplastics
  • Ultraviolet Radiation Dose at the Earth’s Surface

The Better Planet Project is our commitment to lower our environmental impact as a business and create a more sustainable future for the planet.

We have developed a number of initiatives to help tackle and reverse the damage to our environment, including:

  • Using reclaimed Ocean Waste Plastic and carbon-negative plant-based plastic for our entire product range
  • We are guaranteed free from palm oil and palm oil derivatives
  • We only use sustainable FSC paper and card across the entire business
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