The Purpose

Seven Summits Completion

Finish the Seven Summits, the highest mountain on every continent, with an ascent of Vinson Massif.

In memory of Lt John Thornton RM.

Climate Change Awareness

Promote education and climate change awareness within the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Network through scientific and engineering experiments.

Fundraising

To raise money for the John Thornton Young Achievers Foundation and the Alzheimer's Society.

 

The Team

Joel Johansson - Team mate

Joel, 44, is an acclaimed Swedish mountaineer who has climbed extensively around the world. Antarctica will be his final continent to visit. Joel has completed five of the Seven Summits and climbed more than 20 Alpine peaks over 4000m. His most memorable expeditions are climbing some virgin peaks in Alaska and Yukon and more recently in the Pamir range in Kyrgystan. When he is not climbing or spending time with his wife and children, Joel works as a school Principal in Sweden and is passionate about climate change.

Peter Sunnucks - Team Leader

Peter is an accomplished mountaineer and adventurer, having climbed six of the Seven Summits, the highest mountain on every continent. Peter, 34, embarked on climbing Mount Everest in memory of a close friend Lt John Thornton RM, who was tragically killed whilst on operations in Afghanistan. He successfully summited with another close friend, Capt Matt Snook RM, in 2010 via the North East Ridge, and resolved to complete the remaining Seven Summits; Vinson Massif, Antarctica, will be his final one. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and through his work as an engineering leader in the defence and aerospace industry, Peter is an avid supporter of STEM activities.

Elizabeth Wood - Team mate

As an Emergency Medicine Registrar in the UK who has worked in various environments around the world, Elizabeth, 31, has an interest in expedition medicine and humanitarian work. She has completed the Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene and the Diploma in the Medical Care of Catastrophes. Elizabeth is a keen runner and mountaineer, spending time in Scotland and the Alps. Vinson will be her fourth of the Seven Summits, which she will be completing in memory of her mum, Kirsty Wood, who died from early onset Alzheimer’s disease 10 years ago.

Who we are

Elizabeth and Peter met Joel in 2014 whilst climbing Carstensz Pyramid, West Papua, Indonesia; the highest mountain in Australasia. From this shared adventure, they formed a strong friendship and their passion for exploration and education prompted them to unite for a unique expedition to Antarctica in November 2017.

STEM and Climate change

 What is STEM?
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) is an educational network that integrates these core subjects into a combined learning environment, providing students the opportunity to learn critical thinking, how to problem solve and how to apply the methods taught to everyday life. STEM subjects are key for future economic growth and address the skills gap we are facing. Students engaging with STEM are critical to solving the complex challenges that the world faces. 

Who is involved?

 Both primary and secondary schools are being involved. The schools so far are:

  1. Creiff High School, Crieff, Scotland.
  2. Stockbridge Primary School, Edinburgh, Scotland
  3. James Gillespie's Primary School, Edinburgh, Scotland.
The objectives:

Venture Antarctica core objectives are:

  • Immerse students in real life STEM outside of the classroom, using Antarctica as a platform to facilitate learning and to understand the complex and dynamic forces of the world around them.
  • Provide students with the opportunity to experience an area of the natural world which has recently been the focus of STEM relevant stories.
  • To motivate and inspire the next generation of STEM participants to consider all aspects of STEM careers.

NUMBER OF SCHOOLS INVOLVED
3
NUMBER OF STEM EXPERIMENTS
10
 ANTARCTICA CONTAINS
90%
OF THE PLANET'S FRESHWATER
 THE ANTARCTICA AREA IS 
13,329,430 MILLION KM²
58x SIZE OF UK
1.4x SIZE OF USA
 COLDEST TEMPERATURE RECORDED ON EARTH IS
-93°C
IN ANTARCTICA
MEAN THICKNESS OF ICE IS
1.8KM
MAXIMUM THICKNESS OF ICE IS
4.8KM

WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE STEM CHALLENGES IN ANTARCTICA? CURIOUS TO BE INVOLVED?

The Charities

John Thornton Young Achievers Foundation

The JTYAF supports young people from a wide range of youth organisations providing them with scholarships and bursaries to support their personal development and the pursuit of their ambitions.

The John Thornton Young Achievers Foundation honours the life of Lt John 'JT' Thornton RM, from Ferndown, Dorset, who was tragically killed whilst serving with the Royal Marines, in southern Afghanistan on 30th March 2008. Setup by his parents, Pete and Linda, the John Thornton Young Achievers Foundation was founded with one simple objective; to encourage and assist young people to climb as high as they can dream. 

The Alzheimer's Society

 The Alzheimer's Society offer help and support for people with dementia and those that care for them, as well as funding research into the disease.

·Dementia affects over 850,000 people in the UK and numbers are increasing.

·Around 38% of the UK population know a close friend or family member with dementia.

·At £24 billion each year, dementia costs the UK economy more than cancer and heart disease combined.

To donate to JTYAF and the Alzheimer's Society click below

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Reached the summit of Mt Elbrus on 18th June 2015. Proud to say my Sixth of Seven Summits in memory of JT. #JTYAF http://t.co/1aR045hs4d
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