TAIPEI (The China Post) – The first Taiwanese Antarctica expedition team came back home safe and sound on Jan. 8, bringing a happy conclusion to a three-month adventure to conquer the South Pole under extreme conditions that will inspire and encourage young generations to dream big for the years to come.
The historic expedition was led by Albert Liu, the founder of Gamania, alongside Tommy Chen, Taiwan’s ultra-marathon runner, and celebrity Chris Wang, as well as Sherry Lin and Gary Wu, two 20-year-old members of the Big Dream Youth. The team was quite cross-disciplinary and consisted of members of different ages and skills, which was instrumental in their success.
The team departed on Nov. 13, but the original 660-km-long off-road skiing schedule was interrupted by several severe storms. In consideration of their limited foods and supplies, they embarked on more difficult challenge, the “Antarctic Plateau Route,” that spans at elevations of up to 2,545 meters. It was equivalent to marching at the altitude of 4,000 meters under the effects of thin air, wild wind, and extremely low temperature; yet, the team successfully made it to the South Pole right before Christmas.
Tommy Chen brought back the Antarctica air from 18,000 kilometers away to his fans; the foundation yet offered Taiwanese bubble tea and chicken fillet to ease the team members’ cravings and nostalgia.
“We almost lost our hands and feet during the filming. I need to thank photographer Shen-hao, who he was at the blink of breaking down for several times and we all tried to persuade him not to shoot anymore. Some of the equipment and gears were damaged, but we managed to get tons of million-dollar shots. They are extremely precious,’ says award-winning director Yang Li-chou, who documented the team’s extraordinary journey.