Named the Grand Alpine Tour, the team of three from Northumbria University aims to drive their Defender over 6000 miles, from the Royal Geographical Society headquarters in London to Trieste and along the length of the Alps. Their goal is to pioneer a 3D mapping technique with an unmanned areal vehicle or ‘hexacopter’ that will use a modified roof platform on the roof of the Defender as a reference point. The 3D images will then be compared with historic artwork to understand how landslides have affected the Alps over the centuries.
Awarded by Land Rover and the Royal Geographical Society, the annual Go Beyond bursary provides up to £30,000 and the use of a Land Rover Defender 110 to ‘complete a journey of exceptional challenge, and for which a Defender is an integral part of the expedition’.
Visit the expedition’s website for more info at grandalpinetour.com. They’re also on Facebook at facebook.com/grandalpinetour and Twitter at twitter.com/grandalpinetour. Or if you’d like a shot at next year’s bursary, take a look at the RGS’s website. The closing date for applications is November 30.