“We live in an era of environmental change where the earths climate has become the biggest threat to our own existence.
Expedition Solo 100 is a test of human endurance, a ground breaking documentary and an environmental platform to inspire”
Mark Wood - Expedition leader
Solo 100 is an Explorers Club Flagged Expedition. The Flag represents an impressive history of courage and accomplishment. It has been carried by members to the Moon, to the depths of the ocean, the North and South Poles, the summit of Mount Everest and other ventures around the globe. It is both an honor and a privilege to receive this special recognition.
Grab a front row seat to isolation, extreme cold and the scientific research of Expedition SOLO 100 as we document Mark’s journey with 100 podcasts. Each day, Mark will communicate expedition information to his support team at the Get Lost Podcast. From geographic updates to wellness checks and special surprise guests, Mark’s SOLO 100 podcasts will bring his journey to life in real-time for free to listeners around the world.
Part of Mark’s on going support for the blind and partially sighted community is to stand in extreme areas of the planet to describe live on Podcasts what he can see in front of him. The curvature of the earth from Mount Everest, 360 degrees of a white horizon in Antarctica and standing alone on the floating sea ice in the Arctic. Bringing people into the moment through sound to stand shoulder to shoulder with him - opening the world to others who still have the desire to explore. Coventry Resource Centre for the Blind.
Expedition Solo 100 is a science-led expedition. For the first time, research and technology can be tested in minus temperatures during a prolonged, solo project.
Professor Julienne Stroeve, Assistant Professor Kristina Brown, Professor Stephan Harrison and Professor Feiyue (Fei) Wang are all leading figures in arctic climate research. The uniqueness of the journey is that the snow and ice that Mark will be travelling over for 2000 km is pure and untouched by any other human beings. This will be a rare opportunity to collate depth measurements of the ice, observations on the terrain and pure snow samples will be invaluable data for the scientists research.
Isolation in the Arctic means pushing the known boundaries of energy storage technology. Alongside The University of Warwick, Expedition Solo 100 will test advanced battery technology under the stress of extreme cold and wind.
Along the route, Mark will use resources like wind and movement to maintain charge of critical expedition devices by harnessing trickle charging to maintain a thermal pod for ambient storage under extreme conditions.
Led by principal engineer Andrew Moore, associate professor Dr. Melanie Loveridge Assistant Professor, Dr. Petr Denissenko, Lead Engineer Dr. Sylvia Konaklieva, Graduate Engineer Myles Ingand project manager Lee-Rose Jordon.
The University of Warwick have partnered with Expedition Solo 100 to study the boundaries of battery storage in the Arctic, the results of which could be used to support other long range projects outside of polar exploration in the future.
Intimately understanding nutrition is key to endurance expeditions. However, no documented human being has ever spent 100 days on a 2000 km route alone in the Arctic. Creating a daily food package to meet the needs of a lone human in extreme conditions is therefore critical research.
Based on Mark’s previous polar exploration at the South Pole, specialist dietitian Ellen Reynolds (RJC) calculated the expedition food required to meet 6,000 to 8,000 calories per day over the course of 100 days—while keeping the weight and volume to a minimum in order to pack it onto Mark’s sledges.
Prior to the expedition Mark also worked closely with Resilient Nutrition - together they looked at the main meals supplied by Expedition Food and the added support by Ellen. With the idea of keeping the weight and volume to a minimum a programme of products were added to increase Mark’s daily performance on ice as well as his post expedition health plan.
Solo 100 expedition is not an endurance race. The idea is to sustain a bodies performance whilst living and moving in a tremendously cold and sometimes unforgiving environment.
When calculating the food you need to take into account the weight, volume and effectiveness of the product to give the body the best possible way to perform.
The clothing and equipment have been chosen through experience of being on long expeditions in harsh conditions. Some of Marks equipment might not work for others but he has believe in items such as the gloves, cookers and bindings. An old saying in the military was, “used in anger” which means it’s been tried and tested.
When Mark was given his Elliot Brown watch the company they said, “Don’t look after it!” which shows the confidence they have in their product. Even when designing the pull tags on clothing and the suspension cords on the harness provided by Hang6, thought and dedication for maximum performance was applied.
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Solo 100 is the result of a six-year filming project that began in 2016 as Mark and the team approached the Geographic North Pole in the hottest season ever recorded.
The raw footage was narrated by acclaimed actor Tom Hardy and they then linked up with his production company Hardy, Son and Baker. The following years saw Mark filming with anti-poaching teams in Africa, dog teams in Alaska and on Mount Everest in 2019 where he linked to over 1.2 million children world wide.
Dustoff films are the producers of Expedition Solo 100 and in March 2024 will film him being flown North across the remoteness of the Canadian high arctic. They will capture him disappearing into the freezer for 100 days - whilst Mark will film the challenge itself they will work covertly with drones to capture the loneliness and enormity of the area he will travel through.
In the end the viewer will see a six-year journey designed to inspire people to re- connect with the environment and educate the need for modern day exploration.
Solo arctic journeys have all been around 70 days. Crucially, these were mostly forced journeys based on a rescue or a need to survive. Mark is volunteering to operate for this duration—which works well for the science, education and filming. But why not call the expedition Solo 70 or 80?
The answer is education. Expedition Solo 100 began as a concept to connect 100 schools to the journey—one for each day on the ice. The limitation of broadband internet in such a remote region meant that this application was never meant to take flight. However, science teams recognised the opportunity to study an individual on both mental and physical exertions whilst operating on ice for far longer than any known human had ever experienced.
So, the name, Solo and the number, 100 stuck, pitting Mark against the Arctic for weeks longer than any known human has ever faced. It just happened to be a World Record attempt!
Solo begins when Mark heads out on ice for his 100 days alone. Behind the attempt itself are a strong dedicated team that can see opportunities and use their own skills to enhance the project.
These are people who operate around the world in their own fields of expertise. Climate scientists focused on the polar regions who are working with Mark in research such as pure snow samples, daily observations and depth readings. A sports nutritionist who has increased the calorie intake per day with a healthy perspective working alongside the food organisations supporting Mark.
A podcaster and esteemed writer who will connect Marks journey with the outside world with daily podcasts - a local Inuit guide and hunter who will add valuable ground information and support, an expedition strategists who is also collecting this years satellite images to determine a safe route for 2024, a Doctor who is putting together the medical pack, looking after medical concerns on the expedition and is also working on research into mental health and how that affects you when your alone for so long and finally a central coordinator who will be the contact person whilst Mark is on ice.
Registered Dietitian - special interest in nutrition for endurance sports performance
Researched daily food portions to sustain 6-8 thousand calories
Writer and photojournalist - featured in publications like National Geographic, TIME, Lonely Planet and Forbes
Host of the Solo 100 expedition Podcast and the is ghost writer for SOLO 100
Climate scientist - research on remote sensing of ice and snow
Observations of the areas & ice depth measurements for the duration of the 2000km route
Inuit hunter and arctic quide
Arctic operational support and ground advice
Expedition coordinator based in the UK
Main contact whilst Mark is on expedition (see contact section on the website)
Professor of Climate and Environmental Change at Exeter University
Environmental advisor for Solo 100 regarding publications & documentary
Arctic system scientist - research on freshwater and marine biogeochemistry
50 snow sample collections for the of the ice duration of the 2000km journey
Originator of the sampling method idea and will measure mercury in the snow samples Mark collects.
Marks training and mental health preparation instructors
As an ex soldier, firefighter and now explorer Mark understands the importance of immediate medical care in sustaining life. This is why he is proud to represent the lead Sponsor for Expedition Solo 100, Rapaid.
“Major life threatening incidents of knife crime and terrorism have increased dramatically over the past few years. Anyone of us, our friends or family could become a casualty. It has been proven that lives could of been saved through a rapid immediate response to the blood flow of the victims.”
“Rapaid is a life-saving product designed with simplicity in mind to been extremely affective in the moment. Rapids vision is to have emergency bandages carried on black taxi cabs across the entire UK. Designed by people who have been at the frontline to aid victims and save lives.”
Alex Chivers - Founder
This animated book is written by Mark as himself as a boy. Using his own experiences of operating on expeditions over the past two decades he has created a realistic journey for young people to understand themselves and the planets harsh cold extremes. Each book is only £10 to buy which includes a poster of all the friends Ernest meets along the way and a cool sticker of Ernest and Otto.
The illustrations are by UK artist Carlos Burgos who has bought the story and characters to life in this colourful journey. 100% of the money raised through the sales of this book goes directly to Sherbourne Fields Special School in Mark’s home City in the UK.
Through Mark’s epic 100 day solo journey he aims to sell all 800 copies, which will give this incredible school £8,000 to support the unique needs of their wonderful children.
How to be a Polar Explorer is an expedition to the North pole as seen through the eyes of a small boy - his journey begins with a spark of inspiration to explore the cold extremes of our planet. With his trusty dog he meets animals and local people along the way and what started out as a boys need to venture into the unknown turns quickly into the harsh realisation of a disappearing land.