In January 2015, Ray Zahab, Ryan Grant and Stefano Gregoretti will attempt to run over 1,200kms/800 miles across the Patagonian Desert- one of the most remote and extreme deserts on Earth. The Patagonian Desert is the largest of the 40° parallel and is a large cold winter desert, where the temperature rarely exceeds 12 °C and averages just 3 °C. The team will traverse the desert in South American summer - with temperatures potentially exceeding 40 °C.
The area is sparsely populated today and those that do live here survive mainly by raising livestock. Not the easiest place to live...or to run across! The team will run a combination of terrain, including long sections with minimal or no support.
But its not all about the run. On a daily basis the team will communicate with thousands of students all over the world using latest satellite technologies, essentially bring this expedition into classrooms- and classrooms onto the expedition virtually. Film footage and photos are made available to schools as a free of cost, and this streamlined website will post just photos and video from the expedition!
When you are running thousands of miles across unseen parts of the world you meet extraordinary people with equally extraordinary stories. The running is just the vehicle that connects the dots from one story to the next. Delivered via live website and through social media, our goal is to have students truly be transported directly to the expedition regions to learn about some of the world’s most unique, interesting, and remote cultures!
The Patagonia Desert Crossing will be in support of i2P (impossible2Possible) Youth based programs. i2P Youth participate in running expeditions and share curriculum with schools during their adventures- all over the globe. The programs and expeditions are 100% free. On the Patagonia expedition, the team will be collecting video footage, photos and interviews that will be made available to students in the coming school year in advance of the next i2P Youth expedition May 2015.
impossible2Possible's (i2P) mission is to use the platform of adventure and technology to educate, inspire, and empower the global community to reach beyond their perceived limits and make positive change in the world. i2P adventures are designed to transport students to remote and contrasting locales around the world. To date, ten i2P Youth Expeditions have seen young adventurers trek among glaciers containing millions of litres of water in the Canadian Arctic, run across the desolate sands of the Sahara, through the dense and lush jungle of the Amazon, traversing portions of the Bolivian salt flats into the mountainous Altiplano, venturing through the vast & expansive Thar Desert, explore the Kalahari & Makgadikgadi regions of Botswana, and have dug into the breathtaking geological wonders of Southern Utah! As with all i2P Youth Expeditions, the team will push themselves beyond any perceived physical and mental boundaries they have ever placed upon themselves to discover that they are truly capable of achieving the impossible. All i2P Youth Expeditions are 100% free.
For More Info
For schools that would like to be involved in the live video conferencing, please connect with Matt Howe.
i2P Educational Coordinator and Logistics