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The adventurous twins exploring the most remote regions of the world


(CNN) — They have already rowed across the Atlantic, flown over Australia on a paramotor and traveled to the most remote places in the world.

Now, British adventurers Hugo and Ross Turner, also known as the Turner Twins, embark on an all-new adventure: a 100% emission-free expedition to the Atlantic Pole of Inaccessibility (POI).

Known as the Blue Pole Project powered by Quintet Earth, the trip, which is expected to last around six weeks, will see the couple depart from the UK, via the Canary Islands and the Azores archipelago, to the point of the furthest Atlantic Ocean to land in any direction.

The Turner Twins, set to depart around the end of June, will travel on a 12-meter yacht fitted with a prototype hydrogen fuel cell with the aim of showcasing hydrogen technology, as well as ocean defense .

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Ross and Hugo Turner (right) will set sail for the Atlantic pole of inaccessibility at the end of June.

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They will also rely on hydrogen, which is created from renewable energy rather than fossil fuels, to power all of their equipment.

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

“The heart of what we’re trying to do is discover something new,” Ross Turner told CNN Travel. “Being curious and using new technologies and science to make our trips more sustainable.

“And if we can prove that they [the new technologies] are more durable in these extreme environments, so this should set a good example for everyone in cities and normal life that new sustainable technologies are very user-friendly in everyday life.”

The Turner Twins, who haven’t been on a major expedition since 2019, say they’re extremely excited for their next adventure.

Their adventures together began at a young age. The couple say they spent much of their time ‘losing themselves in their garden’ during their younger years, before they were old enough to explore Dartmoor National Park, a vast moorland in south Devon -west of England, near the house they grew up in.

However, it was a freak accident that led Hugo Turner to break his neck and have his neck reconstructed at the age of 17, which set them on the path to becoming professional adventurers.

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

“So we crossed the Atlantic on horseback when we were 23. And since then, we haven’t stopped going on expeditions.”

These expeditions include climbing 18,510 feet to the snow-capped peak of Mount Elbrus in Russia and attempting to traverse the Greenland Ice Cap.

While each of these trips taught them something, they singled out their trip to the South American Pole of Inaccessibility, where they visited in 2017, as one of the toughest.

“What a silly trip it was,” says Hugo Turner. “They say ignorance is bliss. Going from the west coast of South America and Arica, the northern tip of Chile, to 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 kilograms on each bike, through deserts and just uphill.”

Once they complete this final voyage, the Turner Twins will be the first to reach five of the POIs – Australian, North American, South American, Iberian and Atlantic, although they stress that this is not the motivation for them at all.

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The adventurous twins exploring the most remote regions of the world

The Turner Twins during their expedition to Greenland in 2014.

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

“Whether it’s environmental sustainability, medical research, geographic – because none of these surveys have been documented – that’s really the basis of these expeditions, to find out something.”

They’ve had to come up with various solutions to ensure their next trip remains completely emissions-free, but say the process has been “relatively easy” in many ways.

“In terms of propulsion, as long as we have an electric battery, once the battery is discharged, we sail and the propeller recharges the engine”, explains Ross Turner.

“We use the same systems we have used in all of our other expeditions, with small modifications to make them more sustainable or emission free.

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

As they prepare for another big getaway together, each of the Turner Twins feels immensely grateful to have a constant companion who shares the same dreams.

“We are incredibly lucky,” says Hugo Turner. “Because we both have the exact same goals and aspirations, and we’re completely aligned on where we want to go. Everything else follows that.

“There are certainly heated arguments, debates and conversations about how to reach the end point.

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The adventurous twins exploring the most remote regions of the world

The Turner Twins will embark on a 12-meter yacht equipped with a prototype hydrogen fuel cell.

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“But you know, that still steers the ship. So we’re both okay with that. That’s the backbone of what makes this partnership successful.”

Preparing for the Blue Pole project has been particularly “intense” – they spent around 16 hours a day on the yacht for weeks preparing it – and both admit they can’t wait to get started.

“I can’t wait to sail under the stars with this boat,” says Ross Turner. “And I’m sure we’ll have a lot of great moments.”

Once they complete the expedition to the Atlantic POI, the duo will set off on a tour of the UK, stopping at around 13 port towns.

What’s next for the Turner Twins? Greenland, Madagascar, Eurasia and Point Nemo — the other poles of inaccessibility, of course.

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

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

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

“If we can make it, I don’t know,” he adds, before explaining that they plan to go to Point Nemo, the Pacific Ocean POI, last.

They do not intend to visit the African POI, located near the junction of the borders of the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and South Sudan.

Sustainability remains at the forefront of their minds as they continue their epic adventures around the world, and the duo hope they can help normalize the use of hydrogen.

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

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