Cape Town - When four British adventurers started a journey that would see them trek 402 kilometres across Iceland in the dead of winter with no supplies, they hoped to make history in becoming the first people to cross Iceland unsupported in winter.
But things didn't pan out the way Angus Dowie, Charlie Smith, Archie Wilson and Stefan Rijnbeek wanted the filming of their trek for a documentary called 'The Coldest Crossing' to go.
The trek was to take 18 days during a season which wouldn't see the sun fully rise once.
But unfortunately, the lads needed to be rescued by local volunteers. Three times.
Iceland provides free rescue teams known as Iceland Search and Rescue (ICE-SAR) units, which were called out first when Dowie suffered a lung infection and had to be rescued.
ICE-SAR were called out one more time when one of the other team members got frostbite on his toes, and a third and final time when the team was simply too exhausted to continue.
Looking back at their pilot video, in which one member says he is very confident. "It shouldn't be to difficult... there is nothing that is particularly scary when you look at the individual obstacles", the team should have credited this Nordic island, defined by its dramatic volcanic landscape of geysers, hot springs, waterfalls, glaciers and black-sand beaches, a wee bit more.
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Instead, what the members of The Coldest Crossing had hoped to make heroes of them, turned them into four very disliked Brits among a country of good, tax-paying Icelandic citizens.
The critics were rough on the lads. Too rough, perhaps...
The members of The Coldest Crossing told their highly offended critics that they worked closely with ICE-SAR in the lead-up to their expedition, and that ICE-SAR had said that they were well-prepared for the expedition.
They say they were hit by a “freak” storm, and as such, simply got into a number of bad situations that required their multiple rescues.
While the lads obviously made a few rookie errors on their first major expedition, we commend them for the ideal behind their trek.
They say their aim is to inspire more of the younger generations to get out and see the world, and we can't disagree that is the best motto to go by.
Here's to their future, successful adventures.
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