Woz plans 2007 Hummer ride to South Pole with Buzz Aldrin, James Cameron to film in 3D

From the “How-In-The-Hell-Did-We-Miss-This?” file:

Eric Savitz blogged for Barron’s tech Trader Daily on July 28th, “The very last speaker on the last day of the AlwaysOn conference at Stanford on Thursday was noneother than Steve Wozniak, the legendary Woz. (And seriously, he really is a legendary figure: for instance, do you have a street named after you?)”

Savitz reports, “The Woz said he plans to drive to the South Pole in a Hummer in 2007. He said that in passing, and it seemed so absurd that I had to find out more. So after his talk, I went up and asked. Woz explained that he was participating in an expedition planned for December 2007 in which a group will drive Hummers running on hydrogen powered fuel cells from McMurdo Station to the South Pole. Woz said his particular vehicle would be co-piloted by Buzz Aldrin, who walked on the moon in 1969. The expedition is to be filmed in 3D for the director James Cameorn. Woz said that the group has received important advice on the project from the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authroity, which has been running some hydrogen fuel-cell powered buses.”

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48 Comments

  1. short trip “Isn’t McMurdo Station the one right NEXT to the South Pole? What kind of challenge is that?”

    No, McMurdo Station is 1350km away from South Pole Station, which I think is the one you mean. To get between the two, you have to go up a glacier, across a mountain range, and over 1000km of creviced ice field. Sure qualifies as a challenge to me.

    BTW, on an interesting side note McMurdo Station is nicknamed “Mac Town” by those stationed there and the other research bases in the area. Maybe Jobs should have gone instead ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

  2. must work for the NRDC or Sierra Club–the perfect, ranting, ignorant enviro. What he really resents is not “global warming,” since Woz’s Hummer will be powered by fuel cells, but high-tech comfort–in other words, modernity. Apparently, we should all go back to living in the forest and dying at 35; that way, the human plague/virus on Mother Earth will be reduced to tolerable levels.
    Hmmm, no thanks.
    Kate

  3. We need more Bummer-driving idiots to make South Pole trips in their gas guzzlers.

    LOL. What would you drive to the south pole? A Prius?

    Sure Woz can make everyone feel all environmentally warm-and-fuzzy about using fuel cells.

    How about a breakdown of the energy it took to capture and compress the hydrogen that’ll be used in the fuel cells? Better yet, how much petro are they going to burn for air/sea transportation, and lfor ife-support heat on an unnecessary excursion?

    Nothing’s free.

  4. I doubt that this elite team of brave hearts will rely on their honed skills of wilderness survival to make their trek using only their own brawn and brains. Modern day adventurists aren’t half the men of previous centuries. The 21st century self-described supermen wouldn’t venture without a satellite phone, GPS, e-mail, and daily contact with base camp and a host of airborne rescuers on 24-hour stand-by. This “event” is nothing less than walk in the park for pathetic people starved of public adoration pretending to endure the peril of wilderness exploration. The only “endurance” these assholes will experience is the wait for someone else to prepare their pre-packaged meals.

  5. Modern day adventurists aren’t half the men of previous centuries.

    Agreed. What happened to real exploration and adventure? The edge-of-the-world, death-literally-around-the-corner kind of adventure?

    If Woz & team really had guts, they’d go down in the middle of the Antarctic winter. 24-hour darkness, -50F (-75F?) temps, no chance for rescue if anything goes wrong. Oh and leave the GPS at home too. Now THAT’s adventure!

  6. By the way, whatever happened to that technology Woz was developing a few years back (that was supposed to be available now) to create a way to keep track of kids and animals based on tiny GPS receivers and a new type of smart network???

  7. Bizzarro Ballmer

    exactly! WTF for?

    Can you send that money to hospitals in war-torn countries or something usefull? Jeezz dude. Nothing more embarrassing than a nouveau riche-geek. He’s turned out to be Apple’s half-wit brother. And the thought that he has a following in this board is a worry

  8. “I doubt that this elite team of brave hearts will rely on their honed skills of wilderness survival to make their trek using only their own brawn and brains. Modern day adventurists aren’t half the men of previous centuries. The 21st century self-described supermen wouldn’t venture without a satellite phone, GPS, e-mail, and daily contact with base camp and a host of airborne rescuers on 24-hour stand-by. This “event” is nothing less than walk in the park for pathetic people starved of public adoration pretending to endure the peril of wilderness exploration. The only “endurance” these assholes will experience is the wait for someone else to prepare their pre-packaged meals.”

    Yeah, you’re right. If Lewis & Clark had access to GPS and other wonderful tech that we have today, surely they would have shunned it, because they were “real men”, right? Sheeesh! What a stupid attitude. You know damn good and well (I hope, otherwise you’re an idiot) that if the explorers of the past had the opportunity to use today’s technology, they would have.

    I highly doubt that Woz is interested in showing off what a tough guy he was. He’s a gear head, so yeah, I imagine it’s going to be a very tech laden trip.

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