Ogita reached the South pole on 5th Jan!

Ogita departed from Japan to Antarctica on 10th Nov,

The Expedition started on 17th Nov !


A New Challenge....

For the First Time to the South Pole


With 18 years of adventures to the Arctic, now the goal is set to a new destination, the South Pole.

Bringing back the lessons learned and knowledge gained from the expedition, Yasu Ogita aims to discover values which can benefit society as a whole.

He has brought his own experiences from the North Pole to children in Japan through the 100 Miles Adventure Project giving them joy and a wider perspective of the world around them.

For Yasu Ogita the challenge of the South Pole is an opportunity to step out into another field and see a new world.

“How can I travel 1,130 km in a harsh solo expedition while dealing with the extreme physical exhaustion? How can I improve upon existing tools? What will be the best way to record and convey the beauty of Antarctica?” With the help and knowledge of many people Yasu Ogita will attempt to reach the South Pole.

Any challenge starts with an extremely personal desire. But the individual challenge itself eventually meets with someone and connects with society. Without the challenges of individual people, society cannot develop, and without society, individual challenges cannot be realized.


South Pole Expedition Summary


- Schedule 

Approx. 60 days from mid-Nov, 2017 to mid-Jan, 2018 (planned departure from Japan Nov 10)


- Route

Hercules Inlet to South Pole (1,130 km)


- Means

During the course of the expedition Yasu Ogita will not rely on supplies from any external source, nor will he use any means of motorized power to assist him on his journey. He will be entirely self-sufficient and attempt to complete the expedition using only his own efforts.


- Aim

To be the first unaided Japanese explorer to reach the South Pole. To bring home the lessons learned and knowledge gained from the expedition to a wider audience and help foster inspiration about the challenge.




Nov 10 : Departure from Japan → Punta Arenas(Chile)

Nov 15 : Punta Arenas → Union Gracier Camp(Antarctic Base)

Nov 18 : Union Gracier → Hercules Inlet(Start Point)


                ↓ Solo to the South



Jan 7  : South Pole

Ogita's Profile

With an outstanding Arctic explorer career already behind him, Yasu Ogita is Japan's only Arctic adventurer and has been drawing attention from the media both at home and abroad. Spanning 18 years from 2000 to 2017, he has been to the Arctic 15 times with more than 9,000 km covered throughout the Arctic region. He has been on solo expeditions mainly in the Canadian Arctic Circle, Greenland, and the Arctic Ocean. 

 1977  born in Kanagawa Pref. Japan

2000  Resolute Bay - North Magnetic Pole 700km                  on foot

 2001  Polar training in Resolute Bay

 2002  Resolute Bay - Grise Fiord 500km solo trek

 2003  Cambridge Bay (Victoria Is. Arctic Canada)                   solo trek

 2004  Greenland Icecap traverse 2000km

           Siorapaluk - Ammasallik

 2006  Cambridge Bay trekking

 2007  Resolute Bay - Cambridge Bay 1000km solo                 trek

 2008  Tundra summer trek in Canadian Arctic

 2010  Resolute - North Magnetic Pole solo 700km                                       trek

                                                                                              2011  Resolute - Gjoa Haven - Baker Lake 1600km                                                                                                            trek

              2012  North Pole solo unsupported 1st attempt

              2014  North Pole solo unsupported 2nd attempt

              2016  Grise Fiord - Siorapaluk 1000km solo trek

              2017  Cambridge Bay training for Antarctic                                       Expedition

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