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Chris Bray and Clark Carter's adventure of a lifetime has now been encapsulated into a book, 'The
1000 Hour Day,' after the young explorers set out to cross Victoria Island in the deep Arctic North
back in 2008.


TRACY BOWDEN, PRESENTER: Two young Australian explorers barely into their 20s set out on the
adventure of a lifetime back in 2008, aiming to cross Victoria Island in the deep Arctic north, one
of the world's harshest environments.

Their courage and determination has been hailed by hardened adventurers who say it's a trip that's
never been documented before and isn't likely to be repeated.

The epic journey has now been chronicled in a book called 'The Thousand Hour Day', and as Conor
Duffy reports, Chris Bray and Clark Carter haven't lost the adventure bug.

Basically we wanted to try and be the first people to walk across Victoria Island, which is up -
well above the Arctic Circle, inside the Arctic. It's an island about 1,000 kilometres across.

DICK SMITH: People in Canada would probably say it'd have to be someone mad from Australia to come
and attempt this. Because most Canadians go south in their holidays; they never go north, where
it's colder.

CONOR DUFFY, REPORTER: Victoria Island is bigger than Great Britain and the conditions far more
hostile. But Chris Bray and Clark Carter finally conquered it after an adventure five years in the
making. Their remarkable journey to places where people have literally never set foot began with an
email that quickly united two strangers with a thirst for the unknown.

CLARK CARTER: I had to outsource my adventure buddy, really, so I did what every teenager does and
Googled it. And I basically typed in the words "Australian adventure Sydney" and Chris' name came

CHRIS BRAY: He sent me an email out of the blue. I hadn't even met him at that time. And he
basically said, you know, "You like adventure, I like adventure, none of our friends seem to like
it quite as much as we do. Maybe we should meet up and look at an atlas some time and see what

(in the Arctic): Right now what I'd like to do is curl up in a little ball, throw up and go to
sleep. It's only day one, though, it'll get better.

CONOR DUFFY: Both in their early 20s, Chris Bray and Clark Carter set out to take on the island in
the summer of 2005 with a purpose-built kayak that could be converted to a sled and a video camera
to record the crossing. With food and supplies on board, their specialist craft weighed a quarter
of a tonne and had to be pulled over thick ice and the even more unforgiving terrain beneath.

CHRIS BRAY: In the middle of summer it does actually thaw out and underneath that is a horrible
contraption of ice-shattered lime stone, so really sharp rocks, you've got mud, swampland,
grassland, rivers, rapids, almost every kind of - yeah, mud so deep that you get stuck in it.

CLARK CARTER: As you can imagine, pulling a cart that weighs 250 kilograms behind you is not much

CONOR DUFFY: This wild island is also home to some dangerous predators and the extensive list of
kit pulled behind included a trip-wire alarm system to give warning of approaching bears.

CHRIS BRAY: Probably the biggest threat we faced out there was actually the polar bears. They're
the only species of bear that actively hunt humans. So, to an Australian that's very foreign. Sure
we've got a lot of deadly creatures here, but nothing stalks you. You're not out there walking
going - you've gotta check over your shoulder and see what's coming up being you.

CONOR DUFFY: While bears were a constant threat, Chris Bray says his most dangerous encounter was
an ambush from a pack of Arctic wolves.

CHRIS BRAY: Got to the point where the wolves were gonna get to me before I was gonna get to camp
and I had no choice and ran for it. You know, predictably, the wolves all broke into a run as well
behind me and I was just running up to the camp and shouting for Clark the whole time and finally
he heard when they were pretty close. And he exploded from the tent and then the wolves saw that
there were two of us and they sorta stopped to reconsider and the lead wolf came in and looked
around camp a little, but then they all cleared off.

CONOR DUFFY: They survived the wolves, but this first attempt at crossing Victoria Island was
doomed to fail.

Three years later though, they returned after some modifications to their kayaks.

CHRIS BRAY: Lighter. We had carbon-fibre rims. And we bought a whole lot of bulletproof Kevlar
fabric, like the stuff you make bulletproof vests out of. Bought some of that and dug out mum's
sewing machine, learned how to sow and made up these bulletproof wheel covers to try and keep the
tyre from being punctured.

CONOR DUFFY: This time, after 100 days of toil, the adventurers reached their goal and crossed the
island. The exertion, danger, time and expense involved though mean that this is an achievement
that may never be undertaken again.

CLARK CARTER: I just get to a point where I would honestly consider if I could break my own leg,
just to somehow get out of the island, out of that situation without having the guilt of giving up.

DICK SMITH: It was a major achievement. It would've been harder crossing Victoria Island than one
of these modern trips to the South Pole where you go over the ice and snow because you know exactly
what it's like because it's been done before.

CONOR DUFFY: Despite the hardships of their journey, Chris Bray and Clark Carter say the lure of
uncharted lands will see them endure it all again and there are plans to explore new frontiers.

CLARK CARTER: What draws me to the adventure in the first place is just getting away from the city
and modern life and all of these conveniences that are so risk-adverse.

CHRIS BRAY: When you're out there, you wake up every day knowing that you're probably gonna see and
do things that no one has ever seen or done before. And that's incredibly motivating, I think.

TRACY BOWDEN: Conor Duffy reporting.