We've received a grant from the New Zealand Alpine Club to help cover the increasing costs of this expedition. The grant, administered by the Overseas Expeditions Committee at the NZAC, will help cover the costs associated with shipping equipment to Svalbard and distributing it to the various food depots.
It's a great honour to have the NZAC on board this expedition. The Club, and its members, is active in mountaineering on all continents, with a stronghold on the South Island's own backbone, the Southern Alps. Its arguably most renowned member and Everest-conqueror, Sir Edmund Hillary, has trained in the New Zealand peaks before his Himalayan adventures. The internationally acclaimed name of the NZAC stands for itself. Thanks to the NZAC!