Expedition 8848


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In 2019 explorers will attempt to summit Mount Everest to create the biggest and most extreme classroom on the planet involving 1 MILLION STUDENTS worldwide.
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Our aim is to use Mount Everest to create the biggest and most extreme classroom on the planet. This will inspire students to think differently about life; the next generation have a unique opportunity to clearly understand their own responsibility towards the planet. This is the first time in exploration history where explorers can use the latest technologies to film and communicate with students globally to encourage in ‘real time’ to take them on an virtual expedition to help them to think differently about our home.

Mark Wood - 8848

Mark Wood

Through EDUCATION they will create unique and inspiring online lesson plans which will include short films created by the expedition team. In addition a joint venture with astronaut Buzz Aldrin’s education program (thepeoplesmoon.com) will inspire students to look beyond Everest.

Visual Skype COMMUNICATION will link the explorers in real time from the mountain directly into the classrooms worldwide. Daily interactive social media updates will allow students to converse and exchange ideas with not only the explorers but with other students around the globe.

Finally, a UK production company called DustOff Films are working on a documentary called, called Beneath The Ice, The truth of modern exploration. The team will capture Mark as he heads through the valleys, monasteries, schools and villages that line the route to Everest.


At the very core of the expedition is the global educatIon programme.

We truly believe as explorers we have a responsibility and a commitment to inspire young minds to think differently about the planet.

SKYPE In the CLASSROOM and LONELY PLANET KIDS will create exciting online lesson plans to bring the schools together.

Each school can register online with their own message of climate awareness and encourage meant for the team.

These connections with schools through out the world will be apart of the documentary Beneath the Ice.

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Astronaut Buzz Aldrin’s education programme and Expedition 8848 will work together to inspire people to understand their own giant leap in life.

Linking LIVE from the monasteries, LIVE from remote Nepalese schools and LIVE from the nal ascent of Mount Everest. Immersing the children in the culture of the region, the experience of challenge and exploration enabling them to work alongside the expedition team and be part of the team.

All achieved by working closely with INMARSAT, providers of the latest in communication equipment and support, to enhance the extreme learning experience.

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Astronaut Buzz Aldrin’s education program and Expedition 8848 will work together to create a competition for all of the schools and scout groups involved in the journey.

The People’s Moon’ is a global project that unites humanity through the 50th-anniversary celebration of the Apollo 11 moon landing. It celebrates the human achievement of landing on the moon whilst giving the people of today permission to proclaim their life-defining dream to the world.

During the expedition each school or scout group will be able to upload and share their photos, videos, and stories to a live gallery feed. A giant photo mosaic made up of every submission will be unveiled from July 2019 at thepeoplesmoon.com

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Diamond Dogs Dustoff Films

Documentary Team

Tom Martienssen
Tom Martienssen

Ascent cameraman

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Our Legacy

Bringing one million children around the world into one extreme learning experience.

Inspiring children to understand the issues we face with climate change through interactive online projects and real time extreme communication.

Regardless of creed, status or location 8848 is a modern day expedition to inspire young minds to think differently about their own planet – their home.


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We are proud to receive the support of three prominent figures who we feel embrace our ethos for the expedition.

Combining politics, environmental awareness and a rare humility for the planet.

Lord Paul Drayson
Lord Paul Drayson

Science entrepreneur

Although science has shown that climate change is real and is happening now, it is hard to know what we can do to make a difference as individuals. Expedition 8848 is an exciting and bold project to show the power of a connected community of young people working together to heal the planet - starting from the top of the world. I wish it every success.

Tom Hardy
Tom Hardy


"Expedition 8848 excites me because it creates an opportunity to bring about real change. Now, more than ever, we have a responsibility to educate the next generation and assist them in fully grasping the issues facing the planet – which we continue to destroy on a daily basis. In supporting the team, together, we can encourage the children of today to think differently about protecting the future of our collective home."

Dr Stephan Harrison
Dr Stephan Harrison

Climate Scientist

"Climate change is the planet’s physical response to our continued slow destruction of its ecosystems and pollution of its atmosphere and oceans. There is no reasonable scientific debate about this; only about how soon irreversible damage will occur. It is the young who will be faced with clearing up the planetary mess that our generation has left, and it is initiatives like Expedition 8848 which will educate them in the challenges we all face."


Suki Gallagher
8848 co-ordinator

Mobile: +44 (0) 7795 468826
Email: suki@sukigallagher.com