Crossing the Antarctic: Sebastian Copeland and Rossignol Partner to Fulfill a Legacy

Posted By: The Ski Channel on February 10, 2012 7:21 am

Sebastian Copeland is a world-renowned adventurer, photographer and documentarian. He can now add three world records to his long list of accomplishments after completing a historic Polar expedition through his partnership with Rossignol. Copeland, along with his expedition partner Eric McNeil-Landry have defied all odds by completing the Antarctica Legacy Crossing completely unassisted. Copeland and McNeil-Landry are well-acquainted adventurers having set a world record last year for the longest distance traveled in 24 hours kite-skiing a distance of 595km! This dynamic duo has once again made history with three records in three months

Upon completing this momentous feat, Copeland expressed his unwavering confidence in Rossignol’s support. In Antarctica, proper equipment could mean the difference between life and death!

“Between Greenland and Antarctica, I have put over 6500 kilometers on one pair of skis over some of the most shredded, bone jarring ice anywhere! The fact that the sticks have held as well as they have is a testament to the company’s manufacturing excellence.”

“You are the gold standard. I am proud to have kept my life in your hands.” 

Rossignol as a whole considers their partnership with these adventurers a great honor and humbly supports Sebastian on his progressive expeditions with a shared commitment to promote climate change awareness.

The adventure began back on November 5th, 2011 on the east coast of Antarctica and reached its victorious conclusion 81 days and 3,854 km later. The best part? For every kilometer traveled on this historic journey, one tree will be planted! The pair did a majority of their traveling via skis and kites. Kind of like Johnny Appleseed on adrenaline!


The first record was achieved 57 days into the journey when the team successfully crossed the Pole of Inaccessibility. This marked the first completion of the crossing without any outside support or motorized transportation.

The second record was broken when the team became the first individuals to travel from the Pole of Inaccessibility to the geographic South Pole, without external assistance or motorized support.

This endeavor commemorates the centennial of Roald Amundsen and Robert Falcon Scott’s historic reach of the South Pole. This amazing journey would have never been possible without the efforts of these early pioneers. Copeland and McNeil-Landry’s completion of the Antarctica Legacy Crossing, is a never-before, traveled course linking the Antarctic coasts east-to-west. These adventurers have accomplished a feat that further integrates mankind to the environment and increases our understanding of one of the most mysterious of the seven continents.

When Sebastian is not going on adventures, pursuing his photography, authoring books, or directing award-winning documentaries such as ‘Into the Cold’, he serves as Founder and Chairman of The Sedna Foundation. This non-profit organization operates with the intent to raise support and awareness of the environment, namely, issues affecting the Polar Regions — which of course have monumental consequence to the rest of the planet.

To learn more about Sebastian Copeland and the work her pursues, you should visit his Facebook page and his newly launched Sebastian Copeland Adventures. You can count on Sebastian and company to continue traveling the globe, doing more than their part to educate the people of the world on the importance of climate awareness.

One of the coolest aspects of the excursion was the use of Kickstarter to help with funding. The project was (of course) successfully funded, but to learn a bit more about Sebastian and what went into pursuing such an epic quest check out the video he created to promote this adventure.