About the Journey
The 1SKY.earth Expedition is a 4.5 year journey around the planet from Antarctica to Mount Everest being undertaken by adventurer Liam Suckling. Commenced December 26th 2016, the 100,000-mile journey will cross 77 countries over the 7 continents, to explore and share the gifts of perspective that arise from our remarkable planet and the stories of the humans that inhabit it.
The expedition began in the mountains of Antarctica’s Sentinel Range, successfully reaching the summit of Antarctica’s highest mountain (Mt Vinson 4,892m), and completing a 200km unsupported ski traverse through Antarctica’s remote unclimbed peaks. During the traverse the expedition achieved the first ascent of Antarctica’s Rogers Peak, reaching summit on January 17th, 2017.
The expedition will then complete the longest motorcycle circumnavigation of Earth, from South America’s southernmost city (Ushuaia) to Sagar Island in the Ganges delta, India. The route will include a number of climbs to country high points as it progresses through each continent.
The expedition climaxes and concludes with one of the first climbs of Mt Everest to be completed on foot continuously from sea-level, a 5-month journey commencing from Sagar Island in the Bay of Bengal and concluding at the summit of Everest.
Having previously climbed the highest mountains in Europe, South America, North America, Africa and Oceania (2008-2016), this project will also mark completion of Liam’s ascent of the highest summits in all 7 continents.
The expedition is as much a geographical journey as it is a journey through culture and humankind. It is Liam’s hypothesis that embracing gifts of perspective, both through the environment and through other people, enables us to transform and grow. On his own journey for growth, Liam sets out to explore “peaks” in both the physical world and in the lifetimes of everyday people he meets on the 100,000-mile road to Everest.
Every human has significant “peak” life experiences, everyone has a story tell. In sharing the perspective from these peaks in our physical and human world, Liam hopes to deepen everyday connection and awareness of our shared earth, and the heartening universality of our human condition here beneath our 1 sky.