These Teens Had To Be Rescued 3 Time Filming Documentary About Trek Across Iceland

These Teens Had To Be Rescued 3 Time Filming Documentary About Trek Across Iceland


These Teens Had To Be Rescued 3 Time Filming Documentary About Trek Across Iceland


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Some locals viewed the continuing rescue operations as an abuse of hospitality as a group of 4 British trekkers attempted to film a documentary called “The Coldest Crossing” about an unsupported 250 mile trek across Iceland in the middle of winter with only the food they brought with them.

This unsupported journey soon required emergency intervention provided by Iceland Search and Rescue, which is a free service and is supported by donations and run by volunteers.

The first rescue was for a member of the group that had a lung infection. The second rescue was for a member who had frost bitten toes. The third and final time, the remaining members were rescued because they were simply too exhausted to continue.Screen Shot 2016-01-04 at 5.27.17 PM

Their ill fated and perhaps unrealistic attempt had its share of critics both domestic and abroad.  The group responded to the internet hatred by noting that they had proper travel insurance and planned on making a donation to Icelandic Search and Rescue but it fell on deaf ears as many still think they were selfish by putting volunteer emergency crews at risk while amateurly attempting something as stupid as crossing Iceland in what was to be an 18 day journey during a time of year when the sun never fully rises.

You can check out the trailer to their adventure documentary below

Notice the sarcasm when mentioning the ‘rescue’ attempt in this Instagram post….

: @renan_ozturk "Well that escalated quickly…. The team was ‘rescued’ yesterday by #ICESAR / coast guard on a super-puma helicopter. Things weren’t to the breaking point yet but when @baresmithoutdoor called Brando (Director at ICESAR) on the sat phone asking for advice, Brando wanted to carry out an extraction before the impeding historic storm. If the team had pushed on being soaked, they possibly still could have made it out in time. But things could have gotten worse and with the storm coming, a rescue would have been too dangerous to perform later. Upon arrival back in civilization the Icelandic media and local population has been in quite the uproar. Why did they try again after already being extracted with frostbite earlier? Why should Icelanders pay for ‘tourists’ with unrealistic goals to be rescued, putting volunteer SAR at risk? Some Icelanders think the team should be fined and jailed. Others are saying they ruined adventure travel for future exploits. Personally I came (just for the last week of this trip) to partake in something challenging and creative over the holidays with Taylor. I was taken by how young, smart and ambitious the team is and the message to inspire the young generation to adventure and have conviction in life. Yes, I think they bit off more than they could chew and maybe should have called it quits, but also I saw first hand how capable and prepared they were. They met with ICESAR from the get-go and took it all seriously. No, it didn’t really cost ICESAR much money other than a little fuel because the heli was already in the area on a training mission. And as this extraction was performed before the storm not during it, things were fairly calm. No one was at great risk. This ignites a conversation about the nature and evolution of adventure in extreme environments that we hope to expose in the short film. I think it will show the world a glimpse of the human condition when stretched to the limit in a seldom-seen winter Icelandic landscape. The film will highlight the incredible capabilities of ICESAR and raise funds for them. Overall, I personally support this. Cheers to the boys for trying something different."

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