Hear about "the last great adventure" and why it must be done from explorer and author of the critically acclaimed book "Fearvana," Akshay Nanavati...
In November 2024, Akshay will set foot in Antarctica to begin a 1,700 mile journey where he will drag a 400-pound sled filled with all his supplies needed to survive in one of the most unforgiving environments on the planet.
For 110 days, he will endure temperatures below -40 degrees, and hurricane force winds as he makes his way across the coldest, driest and windiest continent on Earth.
With your choice of donation packages to support this historic feat, you can have your name recorded permanently on the Fearvana website, get access to his mental & physical preparation techniques, trainings, community, and more.
You can have your name on the credits of the documentary, which began filming Akshay's training in the Arctic, Iceland, the mountaintops, and even the sweltering heat of Arizona.
The team includes Bryan Carroll - known for his work on “Die Hard” and “Titanic."
A celebrity narrator is still to be announced, but spots are available in the credits.
The journey will break 3 world records, including...
1. The first full, sea-to-sea, ski crossing of Antarctica, using no kites or dogs.
2. The first full, solo, sea-to-sea, ski crossing of Antarctica, using no kites or dogs.
3. The longest solo, unsupported ski expedition, using no kites or dogs.
And more... (See FAQ)
It will be almost 4 months of isolation and pure suffering.
He will be completely alone... as isolated as a human being can be.
So then, what gives him the ability to do this?
Since overcoming drug addiction, PTSD and alcoholism that drove him to the brink of suicide after serving in Iraq with the US Marines, where one of his jobs was to walk in front of their vehicles looking for bombs...
- Akshay has spent 10 days in complete darkness and isolation in a small room, during which he was also fasting and exercising.
- In an act of selflessness, he ran 167 miles across Liberia to help build a school out there.
- Created a global company and a book, both of which are named Fearvana.
- Dragged a 190 pound sled across the world’s second-largest icecap, climbed MANY mountains, including Denali and Kilimanjaro, became 1 of only 26 people to ski up a remote glacier in Antarctica, and run many ultra marathons, including a 24 hour run, and a 50 miler around a tiny 0.05 mile parking lot, among many others.
- He accomplished all of this despite lifelong medical challenges, including a blood disorder that 2 doctors said would kill him in Marine Corps bootcamp.
And in his training to attain the highest levels of mastery...
By becoming a supporter of this mission, you will get access to ALL the techniques Akshay has studied, implemented and refined from a lifetime of exploring the edges. These are advanced, cutting-edge scientific practices combined with ancient spiritual wisdom.
Have you ever done something you were scared of... and it turned out it was the best thing you ever did?
The "chasing of your fear" is the entryway to everything you have ever wanted and don't have yet.
Akshay is taking the most pure form of this advice, and preparing for one of the most terrifying voyages on the edge any human being has ever taken...
In hurricane force winds, and temperatures so low that you can develop frostbite in minutes. But if that's not enough, Akshay will also be literally...
And in that incomparable silence, one is able to hear very, very clearly… things that people don’t get to hear in the everyday chaos of life.
Like discovering treasure on an uninhabited, remote desert island, Akshay gets to unearth these jewels, and then bring them back to share that wisdom with the rest of the world, as he already has in classrooms, on stages all over the world, and working directly with people in the darkest corners of the globe, from surivors of sex trafficking to former child soldiers in post conflict zones.
Since the dawn of time, every generation has been inspired by the legendary feats of daring accomplished by the men and women who came before them.
From Sir Edmund Hillary to Roger Bannister to Amelia Earhart, and countless others, their deeds help us push beyond our own perceived limitations. We see in them something we all have within us.
They help us believe...
And once you start to believe that you can do anything you put your mind to, your world opens up.
It makes a statement so bold and undeniable, we are all reminded, viscerally, that...
This unprecedented undertaking will serve to prove and measure the best of an individual’s energies and skills...
A testament to the power of human resilience and tenacity.
In the same spirit that drove us to reach for the moon, Akshay's journey across the Antarctic represents a challenge that he is willing to accept, one that he is unwilling to postpone, and one which he intends to win
Akshay will traverse the most inhospitable and desolate terrain known to humankind.
He will rely solely on his physical, spiritual, and mental strength to complete the journey.
No dogs, kites, drop-offs of supplies, or anyone else with him on the ice.
The crossing of Antarctica will test the limits of human endurance and inspire us all to conquer our own "impossible" dreams and "polar storms".
Breaking barriers is what got us here, and this process is as natural as our evolution as a species.
This is a giant leap for humankind... you have the chance to put your name on it.
You can help out by donating below, and in return, on top of everlasting thanks, you’ll be getting some incredible rewards unavailable anywhere else, along with access to exclusive trainings, communities, and more...
For Akshay, it has already cost him over $300,000. His custom-made sleds alone cost him $11,000!
For you? Anything you want.
The total cost for these expenses is $750,000 - every penny of which goes directly to Antarctic Logistics and Expeditions (ALE), to pay for...
- A crew that includes a doctor, medical staff, pilot, operations manager, etc. They will all be supporting Akshay from the Union Glacier Base Camp for the entire 110 days.
- There are no commercial flights to the remotest, most dangerous place on earth. It requires multiple flights to drop-off fuel so his plane can get all the way there.
- Shipping his equipment to the most remote parts of the world.
Everything else has already been paid for by Akshay, including his equipment and custom nutrition for this epic journey, not to mention...
Over decades of pushing himself to his limits and beyond, Akshay has not only accumulated immense wisdom, he has also collected the world-class gear needed to complete this crossing.
Bestselling author of The Chicken Soup for the Soul Series, the Success Principles
and featured teacher in "The Secret"
This is your chance to be a part of a truly historic triumph of human endeavor, add something to your legacy, and be memorialized forever.
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If you want to be a part of something that will be both global news and history...
To contribute to the betterment of the very spirit of humanity...
If you want to be inspired and supported to take on your own great challenge with new strength, belief, energy and support...
Donate now, and get his tools, tactics, training, and access to community support.
(There is no monetary profit for Akshay in this fundraising.)
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In November 2024, Akshay will become the first person in history to ski approximately 1700 miles/2700km (it could be more by the end of the journey) from coast to coast across Antarctica without any dogs, kites, or resupplies. He will be completely alone dragging a 400 lbs/181 kg sled with all his food and supplies for 110 days. The journey will start at the Bay of Whales on the Ross Ice Shelf, go up the Reedy Glacier to the South Pole and end at the Filchner Ice Shelf on the other end of the continent. Akshay will be solo and unsupported for the entire journey in one of the most hostile and unforgiving environments on the planet.
A complete coast to coast crossing of Antarctica, without kites or dogs has never been accomplished. In 1997, legendary polar explorer Borge Ousland was the first man to cross Antarctica coast to coast. When he made the solo crossing, it had never been done before, so he used a small kite for part of the journey. The goal was to cross Antarctica. Style evolutions, such as doing it without a kite, inevitably follow once the feat has been pioneered. Akshay is humbly following in his footsteps, man-hauling all his supplies across the continent to accomplish this feat without a kite or dogs. In 2018, Colin O'Brady claimed to cross Antarctica, but he did not. He traversed the land mass (his journey was 1455km, Borge's was 2845km, Akshay's will be about 2700km) while using the SPOT road (a groomed and marked track across the polar plateau), so it was neither a crossing, nor unsupported.
Like any big goal, there are selfish and selfless reasons. Selfishly, Akshay wants to go on his own spiritual journey to push himself beyond his limits in order to experience transcendence, enlightenment and awaken his own divinity within. Selflessly, he wants to bring back the wisdom from the edge to help others navigate their own "Antarctic crossings," whatever they may be. As he puts it, "because I get to play so far out on the edge, in such intense extremes, I get to open doors into the human soul that have rarely been opened before, doors that can only be opened in the depths of solitude and suffering. I have to battle the dragon to find the treasure. My responsibility to earn this life I've been gifted is to bring back those treasures and share them with my human family." The treasures he brings back have already helped thousands of people all over the world bring light into their darkness, and once he completes this journey, we know it will help millions more.
Every dollar donated, and the entire $750,000, will go to ALE (Antarctic Logistics and Expeditions) for expedition logistics, travel to and from Antarctica and within the continent, permits, ALE field camps, support staff in Chile and Union Glacier, an emergency response team, and all the necessary elements required to put together an expedition of this magnitude. This quote was given to Akshay by ALE, so all of the money will go to them to fund the crossing. In the short term, it will go into a separate holding account that Akshay has created solely for this expedition. The money will then be sent to ALE in structured phases in a plan that will be outlined by them, until Akshay sets foot in Antarctica in November 2024. Akshay will not pocket a single dollar from this crowdfunding campaign.
The short answer is no, it is not. Akshay has founded a registered 501c3, non-profit called The Fearvana Foundation. However, Akshay and his team felt it would be out of integrity (potentially even illegal) to run donations for an Antarctic crossing through the nonprofit, as the donations do not go directly to a charitable cause. These donations go to a company (ALE - Antarctic Logistics and Expeditions) to fund an expedition. Therefore, since the money does not go to a non-profit, the donation is not tax deductible.
1. The first full sea-to-sea ski crossing of Antarctica, without kites or dogs.
2. The first full solo, sea-to-sea ski crossing of Antarctica, without kites or dogs.
3. The longest solo, unsupported ski expedition, without kites or dogs.
4. The longest solo ski expedition without kites or dogs, in terms of time on ice (This will depend on how long the journey actually takes. Akshay may, by some miracle, pull off the crossing much faster than the planned 110 days)
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