Two New Zealand climbers will take on one of the most daunting areas in the world this month by attempting to climb a remote, unnamed rocky peak in the Aisen Province of Chile.
The peak is in the middle of the Northern Patagonian icecap.
Sean Waters and Jorian Kippax, will set off on the "Lost Tower" expedition on November 13. The expedition to the tower (known as Cerro Incognito until a local name is established) is expected to take 40 days.
The team is being sponsored by the SPARC Hillary Expedition, an initiative that backs inspiring adventures.
Mr Waters, 37, and Mr Kippax, 37, will pioneer a new north to south traverse route of the Northern Patagonian icecap. They will cover a distance of around 130km across one of the largest contiguous land ice masses in the world, enduring howling winds and whiteouts.
The pair will travel to the northern end of the ice by coastal freighter and then kayak through the Chilean fiords. They will convert their kayaks into sleds and drag them up little-known glacial systems before heading south on skis to reach the "Lost Tower".
They will later exit the icecap via previously untravelled glaciated mountain ranges.