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Our Principle Partner


iiNet

We are very proud to have iiNet as our Principle Partner (and Naming Sponsor) of our expedition! iiNet is one of Australia's Internet service pioneers, having begun in Perth, Western Australia in 1993. Today iiNet is the third largest ISP in Australia and offers a variety of Internet and communication services such as dialup, broadband and phone. While iiNet has progressed into a respected industry leader with hundreds of thousands of customers across Australia, the company prides itself ... Read More >>


Major Sponsors


GORE-TEX®

W. L. Gore & Associates - makers of the world famous GORE-TEX® and WINDSTOPPER® Fabrics – joined our team of sponsors for this expedition in 2005, and signed up again in 2008 in a big way! A vibrant company with limitless enthusiasm, they are responsible for some of the world’s best outdoor gear. To us, GORE-TEX® Products symbolise the pursuit of perfection, continually working at the leading edge of what’s possible from fabrics – just as those that wear Gore-Tex® products are pushing back t... Read More >>


ASUS

ASUS are the makers of the awesome little solid-state Eee PC's that we're taking on the expedition. Being able to communicate and share our experiences with the outside world as they happen is one of the most exciting aspects of our journey, and for this we need a dependable, durable, lightweight, low power laptop to type our updates on, to crop and resize photos to attach, and to ultimately connect up to our iridium satellite phone to send out emails and update this site. Some expeditions ch... Read More >>


Australian Geographic

The Australian Geographic Society has played a major role in supporting both our 2005 and our 2008 expeditions. Over the years we have formed a very close relationship – and many friendships - with the staff at Australian Geographic. Australian Geographic is dedicated to supporting scientific research, environmental and community projects and encouraging the spirit of adventure and discovery. Their enthusiasm for helping people achieve their own goals is truly inspiring, and we draw a lot of ... Read More >>


Paddy Pallin

Since its inception, the name of Paddy Pallin became synonymous with the Australian bush, and the company he founded has grown to become Australia's leading supplier of specialist outdoor and travel gear. The company now has fourteen stores throughout Australia, and I am thrilled to have partnered up with them for my future endeavours. Still owned by the Pallin family, the company continues its tradition of designing and sourcing technical adventure clothing and equipment for the Australian ... Read More >>


Citizen Watches

Thanks to Citizen Promaster Watches, driven by ecodrive technology - we wont have to worry about the batteries going dead. These fancy little watches will soak up the 24 hour sunlight, thus never needing batteries. They're 200m waterproof, 42 timezones, 3 alarms, calendar function, 6 month power reserve and yes - they even tell us the time! Thanks guys.... Read More >>


Sponsors


EMP Composites

We wanted the wheel rims for our next generation of arctic carts (PACs) to be extra lightweight, extra strong and extra take-apart-able for transport. Composite materials were the answer, and when we went to chat to David Lyons from EMP about the possibilities, he was so enthused about this application - and so convinced that composites were definitely the way to go - that he volunteered to sponsor us on the spot - firstly helping design the rims, have a mould made up, and then show us how to ma... Read More >>


Air Canada

Air Canada - the fastest way to fly to Canada from Sydney, is a keen supporter of this expedition - both the 2005 and 2008 journey. Rated as the "Best airline in North America for 2005" in a Skytrax survey of over 12 million passangers, we are delighted to fly Air Canada to the start of this adventure. Our relationship with this airline has gone from strength to strength ever since they flew us Executive-First Class to Canada to set off on our world first ‘Ocean Frontiers 1000 Hour Day’ Exped... Read More >>


Canon EOS

Canon Australia is excited to sponsor Chris Bray and the 2008 world-first arctic expedition. Providing Chris with some of Canon’s latest EOS digital SLRs and accessories will ensure that the quality of images captured throughout the exhibition are both breathtaking and unrivalled. Canon is proud to sponsor Chris Bray’s amazing photography and to be part of such an inspiring adventure. The sponsorship includes approximately $15,000 worth of camera gear including the Canon EOS-1D Mark II... Read More >>


Royal Canadian Geographical Society

The Royal Canadian Geographical Society is dedicated to imparting a broader knowledge and deeper appreciation of Canada — its people and places, its natural and cultural heritage and its environmental, social and economic challenges. The Royal Canadian Geographical Society is pleased to sponsor the iiNet 1000 Hour Day Expedition because this expedition represents the very essence of exploration, possessing the right mix of courage and inquiry.... Read More >>


Icebreaker

If your like us and are total outdoor gear nerds, then you would already know about Icebreaker. These guys make the most amazing thermals known to man kind! They use only pure merino wool from sheep high up in the Southern Alps of New Zealand. This means that instead of that itchy, course woolen thermals like your grandmother used to make you, there is now a silky smooth layering system of Icebreaker themals for even the most extreme conditions. We'll be taking mostly Icebreakers from the ne... Read More >>


Landwide Satellite Solutions

Landwide Satellite Solutions is a long-term, key-stone sponsor of our expeditions, providing us with the central piece of our communications setup - Iridium satellite mobile phones. 100% Global Coverage - both voice and data. Being able to communicate with the outside world is invaluable for a journey like this – not only is it an important safety item, but it enables us to share the experience with the world while we're out there - using the iridium satellite phone, we can call up schools, do l... Read More >>


Nunavut Tourism

Nunavut Tourism is a not-for-profit membership association existing to encourage tourism development by providing specialized knowledge and expertise in five key areas: marketing, research, product development, training, and visitor services. Working in partnership with governments, Inuit associations, communities, and tourism operators, Nunavut Tourism promotes those tourism opportunities, which offer a means of sustainable economic growth, cultural preservation and social benefits for the p... Read More >>


Global Marine Networks

Global Marine Networks (GMN) is the leader in fast satellite data speeds and services like satellite email, satellite phone internet, and satellite data optimization. Our products include satellite equipment, accessories, and software from major satellite manufacturers like Iridium, Globalstar, Inmarsat, VSAT, and Thuraya. In addition to great deals on satellite airtime we can help you reduce satellite airtime cost and make satellite data... Read More >>


RODE Microphones

We took almost 40 hours of HD footage during our 2005 expedition to Victoria Island and filming this expedition is just as crucial because when we get back we'll be producing a full length documentary. Its one thing to get great images of a place rarely visited by humans - but getting great sound just adds that much more atmosphere to the whole film and engages the audience a lot more. Thats why we're using the Rode Stereo VideoMic and the VideoMic to capture all the amazing sounds and atmospher... Read More >>


Sorensen Engineering

The hubs for our new design of arctic cart involves some pretty intricate machining to be done in aluminium to hold the bearings etc. We wandered around different machine workshops in Sydney getting quotes and most places were a bit alarmed at what was needed to make the stub axles - specifically the 500mm long, 40mm diam hole to be bored through the middle of it to save weight. John Bridekirk at Sorensen Engineering not only worked out how best to do it and quoted me the very next day, b... Read More >>


EPIRBHire.com.au

On any journey, no matter how epic or trivial, safety is our number 1 concern. Having a reliable way to communicate with the outside world to summon help may easily be the difference between life and death. EPRIBHire.com.au has been amazingly supporting of Chris and Clark's various journeys right from the start, providing us with free loans of the worlds latest EPIRBs (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon) with an inbuilt GPS. On our 2005 arctic expedition, we took two - one each, and ... Read More >>


Skins

Skins are basically amazing skin-tight garments designed for athletes to train, compete and live in. They are described as body-moulded gradient compression performance equipment with built-in BioAcceleration Technology(TM) which will enhance your performance in training, competition and recovery. In laymen's terms, they help circulation, increase muscle oxygenation and stop lactic acid build-up along with many other fancy things that help us perform better! We both bought a pair of Skins half-t... Read More >>


Yowie Snowshoes

We love the cold. Few things are as beautiful as a snow-covered landscape. The only problem is it can be a nightmare to walk - or slowly wade - through without the right gear. We have several pairs of Yowie Snowshoes in our cupboard at home, and they are fantastic. The true value of our Yowie snowshoes was hidden until once we took them off, stepped forward and plunged up to my waist in snow. Each laborious step then sapped valuable energy & time. Only putting them back on allowed us to appr... Read More >>


Nadgee Kayaks

Nadgee Kayaks design innovative high performance touring kayaks, and build them using the best techniques and materials available. Nadgee Kayaks builds handmade custom sea kayaks for the discerning paddler. We are delighted & proud to promote Nadgee Kayaks as a sponsor of the iiNet 1000 Hour Day Expedition - Lawrence has generously kitted us out with lightweight, dependable carbon fibre single-bladed paddles for our PACs, as well as quality map bags, and more!... Read More >>


Kite Works

Thanks to Lachlan Beed at Kite Works in Newcastle, we don't have to worry about hours and hours of blood, sweat and tears behind the sewing machine making our custom joining tent vestibule for our two tents - that will be for Lach to do! He has generously offered his capable skills on the sewing machine to whip us up a mighty fine vestibule, complete with access zips from within the tent. This guy is seriously good on the machine. We got our hands on a 19 meter kiteboarding kite a while back ... Read More >>


Dick Smith Foods

Established by famous Aussie adventurer and entrepreneur Dick Smith, this company has become an Australian Icon. AUSTRALIAN MADE and AUSTRALIAN OWNED - Dick Smith Foods are made in Australia by Australian owned companies. We believe this is important because it provides employment for Australians and all the profits remain here, helping the future of our country. Dick has a keen sense of adventure, having undertaken many successful expeditions of his own, and he also founded the Australi... Read More >>


Dirty Dog

The demanding conditions and perpetual sunlight and UV we faced in the Arctic on our 2005 'Ocean Frontiers 1000 Hour Day' Expedition more than met their match with our stylish Dirty Dog eyewear, and so we're proud to be taking Dirty Dog north again this time around in 2008. Developed from the discovery of 'TR90' - A lightweight and virtually unbreakable compound, Dirty Dog sunnies and masks are in demand from successful athletes as a brand that can be relied on to perform in extreme condition... Read More >>


Leatherman Australia

When describing expedition equipment, the four most important words are: compact, durable, lightweight and, if possible, multi-purpose. These are the qualities that make the LEATHERMAN brand recognized as the world leader in compact multipurpose tools. From modest beginnings, the popularity of Leatherman tools has grown rapidly. Proud to have Leatherman onboard as a sponsor of our iiNet 1000 Hour Day Expedition, 'Now We're Ready'! Checkout their Australian website below and read Chris's ... Read More >>


Hyperbolt Australia

Thanks to Ian Smith at Hyperbolt Australia, we’re saving heaps of weight on the nuts and bolts of our PAC2 design. We are using 7000 series ‘aircraft grade’ aluminium nuts, bolts and washers – just as strong as mild steel bolts but 60% lighter! The perfect companion to our carbon fibre rims and aluminium PAC frame. Thanks Ian! ... Read More >>


Silva

Silva are famous worldwide for their range of quality, outdoor products. They are the leading manufacturer of compasses worldwide, starting in 1933 with the invention of the first liquid filled compass! We are very pleased to be using a Silva 'ADC Pro' - a little hand-held Atmospheric Data Center, which we'll be using to record temp, wind speed, wind-chill, pressure and humidity while on the move. It's compact and lightweight, and is just streets ahead of anything like it I've ever used. ... Read More >>


Morgan & Banks Investments

Morgan & Banks Investments Pty Ltd ("MBI") is owned and operated by Andrew Banks and Geoffrey Morgan. Andrew and Geoff originally established the highly successful recruitment company Morgan & Banks Ltd, listing on the Australian Stock Exchange in 1994, prior to being acquired in 1998 by Hudson Highland Group (formerly TMP Worldwide), a NASDAQ listed company. The successful partnership between Geoff and Andrew is being carried on through MBI where they apply their business acumen to the m... Read More >>


WANT TO BE A PART OF THE EXPEDITION?


We still have sponsor positions available, so please do contact us if you think sponsoring this adventure might work for you. We have a full sponsorship proposal, budget, expected media coverage and other details available if you're interested. Click here for a single paged, A4 promotion sheet.






2005 Expedition Sponsors


Ocean Frontiers

The brain-child of well-known Aussie Adventurers Don & Margie McIntyre, Ocean Frontiers Pty Ltd will soon embark on a program supporting young Australian Adventurers achieve their dreams. In 2005 Ocean Frontiers became naming sponsors of the first part of this expedition - ‘Ocean Frontiers 1000 Hour Day' expedition. "Who said there are no places left in the world to explore? Chris and Clark are about to do just that. We have been watching Chris's adventures over the years with great admi... Read More >>


Australian Geographic

The Australian Geographic Society has played a major role in supporting our 2005 and soon to be 2008 expeditions. Over the years we have formed a very close relationship – and many friendships - with the staff at Australian Geographic. Australian Geographic is dedicated to supporting scientific research, environmental and community projects and encouraging the spirit of adventure and discovery. Their enthusiasm for helping people achieve their own goals is truly inspiring, and we draw a lot... Read More >>


Gore-Tex®

W. L. Gore & Associates - makers of the world famous GORE-TEX® and WINDSTOPPER® Fabrics joined our team of sponsors for this expedition in 2005. A vibrant company with limitless enthusiasm, they are responsible for some of the world's best outdoor gear. To us, GORE-TEX® symbolises the pursuit of perfection, continually working at the leading edge of what's possible from fabrics - just as those that wear Gore-Tex® are pushing back the boundaries of what is possible from themselves. When workin... Read More >>


Air Canada

Air Canada - the fastest way to fly to Canada from Sydney, is a keen supporter of this expedition - both the 2005 and the up-coming 2008 journey. Rated as the "Best airline in North America for 2005" in a Skytrax survey of over 12 million passangers, we are delighted to fly Air Canada to the start of this adventure. Our relationship with this airline has gone from strength to strength ever since they flew us Executive-First Class to Canada to set off on our world first ‘Ocean Frontiers 1000... Read More >>


Icebreaker

Developed in conjunction with a simple yet revolutionary layering system of Skin, Mid and Outer clothing layers, Icebreaker is recognised as producing the worlds best insulating, breathable, all-natural fabric. This amazing fibre is sourced directly from select high-altitude merino stations in the southern Alps of New Zealand. We have been ‘Icebreaker sponsored athletes’ since 2005, and find that not only are their garments incredibly functional, but they are also incredibly funky! Icebre... Read More >>


The University of NSW

Both Chris and Clark studied at UNSW - one of the leading teaching and research universities in Australia. Highlighting UNSW’s commitment to helping their students achieve their maximum potential, We are constantly surprised and chuffed at the universities interest and support of our extracurricular antics. Generous support came from 3 directions within UNSW for the 1000 Hour Day Expedition in 2005, with the vice-chancellor, Professor M. Wainwright, and the then head of Electrical Engine... Read More >>


Landwide Satellite Solutions

Landwide Satellite Solutions is a long-term, key-stone sponsor of our expeditions, providing us with the central piece of communications setup – Iridium satellite mobile phones. 100% Global Coverage – both voice and data. Unfortunately there is an inverse-relationship between places that have perfect cellular mobile phone reception and places that are perfect for an adventure. Out in the wilderness, whether we just want to let the outside world know we're alive, or if we're sending out re... Read More >>


Dick Smith Foods

Established by famous Aussie adventurer and entrepreneur Dick Smith, this company has become an Australian Icon. AUSTRALIAN MADE and AUSTRALIAN OWNED - Dick Smith Foods are made in Australia by Australian owned companies. We believe this is important because it provides employment for Australians and all the profits remain here, helping the future of our country. Dick has a keen sense of adventure, having undertaken many successful expeditions of his own, and he also founded the Australi... Read More >>


Leatherman

When describing expedition equipment, the four most important words are: compact, durable, lightweight and, if possible, multi-purpose. These are the qualities that make the LEATHERMAN� brand recognized as the world leader in compact multipurpose tools. From modest beginnings, the popularity of Leatherman tools has grown rapidly. Proud to have Leatherman onboard as a sponsor of our �Ocean Frontiers 1000 Hour Day� Expedition, �Now We're Ready�! Checkout their Australian website ... Read More >>


Alcoa

The 'Rolled Products' division of Alcoa - the world's largest aluminium company, spanning 42 countries, and Australia's only producer of aluminium sheet, coil & foil, covered the aluminium needs for our 2005 Arctic expedition. Looking into various options, we decided that the most practical material from which to build our two PACs (Paddleable Amphibious Carts) to transport our supplies over the bizarre barren-lands was definitely aluminium. Being lightweight, non-rusting, durable and strong... Read More >>


Ortlieb

Ortlieb are renowned for producing the best waterproof bags in the world � for hikers, bikers, kayakers, photographers, you name it: Ortlieb has you covered - not only covered, but sealed. I reckon the German word for �waterproof� - �wasserdicht� � should be changed to �Ortlieb�, because this is the first word that pops into our minds (even in English) when we're holding a $7,000 video camera, in a kayak, and there�s rain coming. Through Ortliebs Australian outlet �Ac... Read More >>


Global Marine Networks

Global Marine Networks (GMN) is a dynamic company dedicated to providing fast, reliable, and cost effective wireless data communication services and products to people all over the world � even those out in the middle of the Arctic. GMN hosted the Iridium communications for our 2005 �Ocean Frontiers 1000 Hour Day� expedition! Providing us with email compression software to enable us to efficiently send & receive Emails live from the expedition via our small sub-notebook linked to our I... Read More >>


Dirty Dog

The demanding conditions and perpetual sunlight and UV we faced in the Arctic on our 2005 'Ocean Frontiers 1000 Hour Day' Expedition met their match with our stylish Dirty Dog eyewear. Developed from the discovery of 'TR90' - A lightweight and virtually unbreakable compound, Dirty Dog sunnies and masks are in demand from successful athletes as a brand that can be relied on to perform in extreme conditions. Out on the land we lived in either Dirty Dog sunnies, or snow goggles. Now back at hom... Read More >>


EPIRBHire.com.au

On any journey, no matter how epic or trivial, safety is the number 1 concern. Having a reliable way to communicate with the outside world to summon help may easily be the difference between life and death. EPRIBHire.com.au has been amazingly supporting of Chris and Clark's various journeys right from the start, providing us with free loans of the worlds latest EPIRBs (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon) with an inbuilt GPS. On our 2005 arctic expedition, we took two - one each. ... Read More >>


Exped

Exped means 'Expedition Equipment' and since 1997, Exped has designed and built the highest quality, specialized gear around. Through Exped's Australian outlet 'Active Planet', Nir, Brad and the rest of the crew have been inspirational in their dedicated backing of all Chris and Clark's journeys, supplying us with awesome gear, most dear to us, our Waterproof Goose-Down Sleeping Bags - our 'Exped Arctic Goose'!... Read More >>


Activate Outdoors

Activate Outdoors has been inspirational in their dedicated backing of all Chris's journeys right from his first Tassie Wilderness trek, up to Chris and Clarks 2005 Arctic expedition - supplying awesome gear, with brands such as Exped, Karrimor and most importantly Ortlieb! Thanks very much to Brad and Ingrid and the rest of the crew - their fantastic store in Sydney's Kent Street is always alive with their passion and energy. One of the great things about Activate Outdoors is that being quite a... Read More >>


Ross Fehlberg Pty Ltd

Ross Fehlberg Pty Ltd is an Australian owned business established for more than 35 years, committed to excellence in personalised service in all areas of cargo logistics including Customs Clearance, International Freight Forwarding, Transport and Warehousing. When sending bulky, heavy items such as our home-made PACs (Paddleable Amphibious Carts) across the other side of the globe for our 2005 expedition, a cargo ship was the only realistic option. We put a lot of time into searching for the... Read More >>


Cellabs

Dr A. M. Smithyman made a substantial donation to our 2005 'Ocean Frontiers 1000 Hour Day' expedition through his Sydney based company 'Cellabs'. Cellabs - Australian Biotechnology Association - is a manufacturer of diagnostic kits for tropical and infectious diseases such as Malaria, Crypto, Giardia and Chlamydia, based in Brookvale. Thanks Tony! ... Read More >>


Diamonds North

Diamonds North is a dynamic exploration team focused on strategically advancing diamond opportunities in Northern Canada. However, as far as Clark and Chris are concerned, Diamonds North are themselves a Diamond in the North. They generously helped us out financially and logistically on our 2005 'Ocean Frontiers 1000 Hour Day' expedition, as well as providing what information they could on Victoria Island where they have a summer camp, offering the emergency use of helicopters if we needed i... Read More >>


Raymarine

Raymarine is the world leader in marine electronics. They develop and manufacture the most comprehensive range of electronic equipment for the marine market available. It was an honour to have them sponsor our 2005 'Ocean Frontiers 1000 Hour Day' Expedition into the Arctic with one of their RayChart400 Handheld GPS Chartplotters. Thanks to Robin Kydd from 'OCEANTALK AUSTRALIA' for organising this sponsorship for us.... Read More >>


RODE Microphones

RODE is a very well established Australian manufacturer of high quality microphones. Quality audio is just as important as quality video for a documentary. Clark and Chris knew this when setting out to film their 2005 'Ocean Frontiers 1000 Hour Day' Expedition into the Arctic, and so RODE was the natural choice. Rode Microphones kindly sponsored us two brilliant directional 'VideoMics' to complement our cutting-edge HD video Cameras. We couldn't have asked for better - and it was only when w... Read More >>


Navionics

Today, marine navigation is largely done on electronic charts. It was Navionics that brought this concept to the world in 1984, opening up a new era for navigation. The benefits of electronic charting to the safety of navigation have created a large and enthusiastic market, continuing to grow each year. These advantages were certainly not lost on us when planing for our 2005 Arctic Expedition. When you're covering large distances, the sheer bulk and even weight of paper charts start to a... Read More >>



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