Ant and Louis met in 2012 after their return from what has been dubbed by the media “The Tour From Hell”. They both served a 7-month summer tour in the heart of Helmand, Afghanistan.
Louis was involved in some of the most intense fighting of the entire Herrick campaign, and returned to the UK with severe Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Upon meeting, it was clear the pair shared a mutual passion for all things adventure. As Louis’ mental health deteriorated that passion did not falter and even when he was sent away from their unit for treatment the pair would often meet for their own “mini expeditions”
Disenfranchised with the military, Ant left in 2013, with Louis being medically discharged 3 years later for the PTSD he suffered from his experiences in Afghanistan.
January 2016 saw both men despondent by their respective personal situations. This culminated in a chance miserable phone call, followed by a reunion accompanied by a lot of single malt scotch whisky. From this the seed of the idea that is Expedition 5 began to germinate.
Their plan; to make their way into the world of exploration with a bang. Aware of the multitudes of Antarctic and polar crossings happening every year, whilst Everest is conquered almost hourly they wanted to do something unique, something that would push the limits of human endurance to the limits of anything ever achieved.
The concept; simple, to become the first humans in history to have traversed the 5 largest islands on the planet (Borneo, Papua New Guinea, Madagascar, Greenland and Baffin Island), unsupported, using only human power.
The execution; not so simple, these islands are some of the last wild frontiers on the planet, encompassing the most extreme and diverse environments. Fitness, strength of mind, adaptability and above all the brotherhood shared by Ant & Louis has been crucial in their journey so far, with four islands already conquered they have already shown what can be accomplished despite numerous hardships.