We were first approached by a customer who wanted to use a MODULUS in Antarctica in the summer of 1994. He was going to be based at B.A.S research station Halley 5, where he was keen to have a source of traction haulage other than skidoos - which during the "winter" months are laid up due to the extreme cold. He also wanted to use it for recreational skiing and planned short 2-3 day trips as well. Based on his advice the standard "38" MODULUS was adapted so that it could be used with gloves in the cold. We also developed a harness to tow sledges whilst Paraskiing.
And then?... One by one, year by year, adventure after adventure.
At last! after all these years, these guy's are going places.
Spider has benefitted from the cross fertilization of ideas and experiences gained over the last six years of Polar traction. We have upgraded many of our standard designs, fittings and the range of MODULUS systems we offer.
Now available is the "BIG BOY" MODULUS specifically for heavy sledge towing.
For light winds and yet still having the advantage of a modular system and a wide wind range the "ULTRALIGHT BIG BOY",
For training, strong winds and expeditions, we have introduced the tough and user friendly "58 SKI"
For recreational Paraskiing which demands a "one kite solution" we have introduced the "LITTLE BIG BOY"
1995 Roger Mear was one of the first and is still taking it a long way.
"...A day followed of superb flying. Though the snow is still deep and the going heavy, I did 46 miles (74km)..."
"One Step" was all that Swan wanted to take!
1996 looked promising with a team lead by Robert Swan proposing a journey from the South Pole to the edge of the ice shelf - the "Tandem One Step Beyond Expedition".
SPIDER's acknowledged Polar experience resulted in being contacted by "Sir Ran Fiennes" - "the worlds greatest living explorer"
"...The SPIDERS were ace..."
A Spider getting to the North Pole was a great buzz, what was even better was the great feedback Graeme gave us on his return.
Cross Country and Recreational Paraskiing is developing rapidly thanks to the likes of David Ellis who took a chance and "went for it"
We have been training Pilots for over eight years, and have developed techniques and equipment to a very high level. Coupled with our access to the vast sand flats of Pembrey and Pendine.
There are 3 basic traction techniques that can be used in sledge towing:
Expeditions have led the way and have proved kite traction beyond doubt. We have several more expeditions ongoing and more planned for 2001/2.
Cross Country Paraskiing is now developing quickly. The fact that our equiptment has been designed as a light, compact ready to go "bolt on" for anybody who has ski's and a rucksac and a taste for adventure! It has opened the door for some great weekend breaks!
We also have commercial exploration companies coming on board this year offering Kite traction crossings for the first time, so if you want to go places? check out: SNOWSLED JOURNEYS