(CNN) – They have already crossed the Atlantic, flown over Australia with paramotors and traveled to some of the most remote places in the world.
Known as the Blue Pole Project, run by Quintet Earth, the voyage is expected to take about six weeks, and the pair will travel from the UK through the Canary Islands and the Azores archipelago to the farthest point in the Atlantic Ocean. Land in any direction.
The Turner Twins, which will depart in late June, will travel on a 12-meter yacht equipped with a prototype hydrogen fuel cell to focus on hydrogen fuel technology as well as ocean advocacy.
Ross and Hugo Turner (right) will head to the Atlantic Pole of Unavailability in late June.
They will also rely on hydrogen, which is made using renewable energy instead of fossil fuels to power all their equipment.
The pair, who have already toured four out of four The Poles of Unavailability is collecting data for the International Marine Litter Research Unit at the University of Plymouth that will be used to help develop a clean-up strategy for marine plastic pollution.
“The main part of what we’re trying to do is find something new,” Ross Turner told CNN Travel. “To be eager to make our journeys more sustainable and to use new technology and science.
“And if we can prove that they [the new technologies] To be more sustainable in these extreme environments, it should set a good example for everyone in cities and in everyday life that new sustainable technologies are very user-friendly every day. “
Turner Twins, who have not been on a major campaign since 2019, say they are very excited about their next venture.
Their adventures started together at a young age. The couple says they spent most of their time “getting lost in their garden” during their younger years, before they were enough to explore the vast Moorland in Dartmoor National Park, Devon, southwest England, near the home where they grew up. .
However, it was a bizarre accident that caused Hugo Turner to break his neck and then had a neck reconstruction at the age of 17 which set him on the path to becoming a professional entrepreneur.
“I think for us, life has been put into perspective,” says Ross Turner. “And we just thought, ‘We have to go and live as long as we can.’
“So we crossed the Atlantic when we were 23. And since then, we’ve been on more expeditions.”
Those expeditions include climbing 18,510 feet to the Snow Summit of Mount Elbrus in Russia and trying to cross the Greenland Ice Cape.
While each of these trips has taught them something, they single out their journey to the unavailability of the South American Pole, which they traveled in 2017, one of the most challenging.
“What a silly trip,” says Hugo Turner. “Ignorance is a pleasure,” he says.
“We went up to 4,700 meters above sea level in about three days, with about 50 or 60 kilograms on each bike, passing through the desert and uphill.”
Once they complete this latest voyage, the Turner Twins will be the first to reach five POIs – Australian, North American, South American, Iberian and Atlantic, although they insist that this is not the motivation for them. Utterly.
Turner Twins on their 2014 campaign in Greenland.
Hugo Turner says, “It has never been so important for us to be the first to reach this vote of accessibility,” explaining that their central purpose is for those who follow their journey to learn something through them.
“Whether it’s environmental sustainability, medical research, geography – because none of these polls have been documented – it’s really the basis of these campaigns to find something.”
They have come up with a variety of solutions to ensure their next trip is completely emissions-free, but let’s say the process has been “relatively simple” in many ways.
Ross Turner says, “In terms of propulsion, as long as you have an electric battery, once the battery is exhausted, we travel and recharge the propeller engine.”
“We’re using the same systems we’ve used in all of our other campaigns, with a few modifications to make it more sustainable or emission-free.
“We’re just applying everything we’ve learned a little differently.”
As they prepare for another significant tour together, each Turner Twins seems to be very grateful for the constant companions who share the same dreams.
“We’re surprisingly lucky,” says Hugo Turner. “Because both of our goals and aspirations are exactly the same, and we’re perfectly aligned with where we want to go. Everything else just follows it.
“There are definitely heated arguments, discussions and conversations about how to get to the end point.
The Turner Twins will travel on a 12-meter yacht equipped with a prototype hydrogen fuel cell.
“But you know, he always manages the ship. So we’re both on board with him. He’s the backbone of what makes this a successful partnership.”
The lead up to the Blue Pole project has been particularly “intense” – they spend about 16 hours a day on a yacht a week preparing for it – and both admit they are itching to get started.
“I’m looking forward to traveling down the stars with this boat,” says Ross Turner. “And I’m sure we’ll have a lot of beautiful moments.”
Once they complete their campaign for the Atlantic POI, the pair will travel to the UK, stopping at about 13 port cities.
So what’s next for the Turner Twins? Greenland, Madagascar, Eurasia and Point Nemo – the other poles of inaccessibility, of course.
According to Ross Turner, Madagascar’s campaign is “on the horizon” next year, followed by a trip to Greenland the following year.
The Eurasian POI will be at the top of the list, but the potential visit here is currently in doubt.
“I don’t know if we’ll be able to get there,” he adds, before explaining that they are planning a trip to the Pacific Ocean POI, Point Nemo.
Sustainability is at the forefront of their minds as they continue their epic adventures around the world, and the pair hope they can help normalize hydrogen use.
“It would be great to be able to do a fully hydrogen-powered project in the future,” says Hugo Turner. “It would be a really good step in the right direction.”