The Expedition Team


Toby Storie-Pugh

Toby is an explorer and remote mission leader with a passion for Africa and its varied nations. After finding himself in Kenya in 2006, Toby was inspired to found the children’s charity, Flying Kites: a school and home for orphans offering the opportunity to rise out of the circumstances they were born into and fulfil their potential with a sense of adventure. Later, he trained and led an expedition to get the first Kenyan man to the peak of Mount Everest.

"This unique challenge represents an extreme test of human capacity but also a platform to connect and inspire people around shared values – it is this collective opportunity that excites us."

Toby Storie-Pugh

Aline Mugisho

Aline Mugisho is a Congolese researcher, journalist, conflict-mediator and activist. Born in Bukavu, a town in the Eastern Congolese province of South Kivu, she was forced to flee her homeland at the age of 17, claiming asylum in South Africa. Aline wants to share the stories of Congolese women with the world – women who, like her, are working toward peace and prosperity in their war-torn and impoverished country.


Boston Ndoole

Boston is a highly experienced guide and fixer. Most recently he guided four months of the “Walking the Nile” expedition, having previously fixed for Red Bull’s “Grand Inga Project.” Like Aline, Boston was born in the town of Bukavu in the Eastern Congolese province of South Kivu. He grew up in the North Kivu town of Goma, and has been leading expeditions in central, southern and eastern Africa since 2006.


Simone Bazos

Simone Bazos is a multimedia journalist and adventurer from Baltimore, Maryland, USA. She will be responsible for filming the documentary about the expedition, as well as for expedition photography. Simone recently spent a year in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where she produced and hosted a documentary for Vice News about Congo’s small community of Russian pilots, in addition to photographing the ongoing conflict in Congo for Agence France Presse.

Championing the expedition will be one of the world's most tireless advocates for women


Robin Wright

Robin Wright is an award-winning actor, director and advocate. She can currently be seen in the highly acclaimed Netflix original TV series House of Cards, alongside Kevin Spacey. Robin is no stranger to the big screen either, and is well known for her roles in movies such as Everest, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Princess Bride, Unbreakable and Forrest Gump. A tireless advocate for peace in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Robin founded the socially conscious sleepwear line, Pour Les Femmes, which supports Congolese organizations including Action Kivu and Synergies. Inspired by meeting Congolese women, Robin launched Pour Les Femmes with clothing designer Karen Fowler. Robin is dedicated to assisting in the assurance of safety for Congolese women who are survivors of violence.

"Completion of the expedition will rank it among the world's great overland adventures"

Sir Ranulph Fiennes

Expedition HQ


The expedition logistics, digital, TV, content & PR is being produced by leading adventure agency Captive Minds, headquartered in London. Experienced in challenging and groundbreaking projects, the agency remains the only company ever to have delivered robust streaming video content live from the South Pole.