The adventurer twins explore the most remote parts of the world

(CNN) – They have already rowed across the Atlantic, flown across Australia with paramotors and traveled to some of the world’s most remote places.

Now the British adventurers Hugo and Ross Turner, also known as the Turner twins, are on their way to a whole new adventure – a 100% emission-free expedition to the Atlantic Pole of Inaccessibility (POI).

Known as the Blue Pole Project run by Quintet Earth, the journey, which will probably take around six weeks, will see the couple sail from Britain, via the Canary Islands and the Azores, to the point in the Atlantic Ocean furthest from land in all directions.

The Turner twins, who are scheduled to travel towards the end of June, will travel on a 12-meter-long yacht equipped with a prototype hydrogen fuel cell in an attempt to put the spotlight on hydrogen fuel technology, as well as ocean masters.

Research expedition

Ross and Hugo Turner (right) will sail to the Atlantic Pole for unavailability at the end of June.

Turner Twins

They will also rely on hydrogen, which is made using renewable energy instead of fossil fuels, to power all their equipment.

The couple, who have already traveled to four of them Poles of Inaccessibility collects data for Plymouth University’s International Marine Litter Research Unit which will be used to develop a clean-up strategy for marine plastic pollution

“The core of what we’re trying to do is discover something new,” Ross Turner told CNN Travel. “To be curious and use new technology and science to make our trips more sustainable.

“And if we can prove that they [the new technologies] are more sustainable in these extreme environments, then it should be a good example for everyone back in cities and normal life that the new sustainable technologies are very user-friendly every day. “

The Turner twins, who have not been on a major expedition since 2019, say they are hugely excited about their upcoming adventure.

Their adventures together began at a young age. The couple say they spent a lot of time “getting lost in the garden” during their younger years, before they were old enough to explore Dartmoor National Park, a huge marshland in Devon, southwest England, near the home they grew up in. in.

However, it was a freak accident that led to Hugo Turner breaking his neck and then undergoing neck reconstruction at the age of 17 which put them on the path to becoming professional adventurers.

“I think for us, life was put into perspective,” says Ross Turner. “And we just thought, we have to go and live life while we have our health.

“So we cycled across the Atlantic when we were 23. And since then we’ve only been on several expeditions.”

These expeditions include climbing 18,510 feet to the snow top of Mount Elbrus in Russia and attempting to cross Greenland’s ice cap.

While each of these journeys has taught them something, they highlight the journey to the South American inaccessibility pole, which they traveled to in 2017, as one of the most challenging.

“What an idiotic ride it was,” says Hugo Turner. “They say ignorance is happiness. Traveling from the west coast of South America and Arica, the northern tip of Chile, up and over the Andes was a very stupid idea.

“We went from sea level to 4,700 meters in about three days, with about 50 or 60 kilos on each bike, through deserts and straight uphill.”

After completing this latest journey, the Turner twins will be the first to reach five of the POIs – Australia, North America, South America, Iberia and the Atlantic, although they emphasize that this is not the motivation for them in at all.

Record-breaking journey

The Turner twins on an expedition to Greenland in 2014.

The Turner twins on an expedition to Greenland in 2014.

Turner Twins

“It has never been so important for us to be the first to reach these accessibility polls,” says Hugo Turner, explaining that their central goal is for those who follow their journey to learn something through it.

“Whether it’s environmental sustainability, medical research, geographically – because none of these polls have been documented – it’s really the whole basis of these expeditions is, to discover something.”

They have had to come up with various solutions to ensure that their upcoming journey remains completely emission-free, but say that the process has been “relatively simple” in many ways.

“When it comes to propulsion, as long as you have an electric battery, when the battery is depleted, we sail and the propeller charges the engine,” says Ross Turner.

“We use the same systems that we have used on all our other expeditions, with small adjustments to make it more sustainable or emission-free.

“We just use everything we’ve learned in a slightly different way.”

As they prepare for another significant outing together, each of the Turner twins feels extremely grateful to have a constant companion who shares the same dreams.

“We are incredibly lucky,” said Hugo Turner. “Because we both have exactly the same goals and ambitions, and we are completely in line with where we want to go. Everything else just follows.

“There are absolutely fierce arguments, debates and conversations about how to get to the end point.

Modern adventurers

Turner Twins will sail on a 12 meter long yacht equipped with a prototype of hydrogen fuel cell.

Turner Twins will sail on a 12 meter long yacht equipped with a prototype of hydrogen fuel cell.

Turner Twins

“But you know, it always steers the ship. So we are both in it. It is the backbone of what makes this a successful partnership.”

The leadership of the Blue Pole Project has been particularly “intense” – they have spent around 16 hours a day on the yacht for several weeks to get it ready – and both admit that they itch after getting started.

“I’m looking forward to sailing under the stars with this boat,” says Ross Turner. “And I’m sure we will have many beautiful moments.”

Once they have completed the expedition to the Atlantic POI, the couple will go on a tour of the UK, stopping at around 13 port cities.

So what’s next for the Turner Twins? Greenland, Madagascar, Eurasia and Point Nemo – the other inaccessible poles, of course.

According to Ross Turner, an expedition to Madagascar is “on the horizon” next year, then a trip to Greenland the following year.

The Eurasian POI would be next on the list, but a potential visit here is currently in doubt.

Although the exact location is disputed, the possible locations are in the northern part of Xinjiang, an autonomous territory in northwestern China that has been the subject of allegations of human rights violations.

“If we can get there, I do not know,” he adds, before explaining that they plan to travel to Point Nemo, the Pacific POI, last.

They have no plans to visit the African POI, which is located near the borders of the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and South Sudan.

Sustainability is still at the forefront of their minds as they continue their epic adventures around the world, and the couple hopes they can help normalize hydrogen use.

“It will be great to be able to do a fully hydrogen-powered project in the future,” says Hugo Turner. “It would be a very good step in the right direction.”