SN'D Project Expeditions Narrative
The Steep N’ Deep Project will provide a global audience with a ringside seat to share in a thrilling saga of extreme scientific exploration “firsts” unlike anything previously imagined; equal parts Jacques Ives-Cousteau, Sir Edmund Hillary and Neil Armstrong. The narrative will follow an elite team of professional divers as they transpose their multidisciplinary skills from the deep-sea to the very roof of the world in Nepal’s ruggedly remote Himalaya Mountains. The mission is revolutionary: to safely pit human performance capabilities against the opposing extreme conditions of altitude and depth, to defend against natural disasters.
The story begins with the preparation and training involved in undertaking an endeavor of this magnitude. There have been precious few dives made at high altitudes and the Steep N’ Deep concept has had to be created from scratch. Every piece of gear has been specifically chosen based on both its operational capabilities and suitability for packing through such a uniquely challenging environment. The training required is highly specialized-akin to astronautics-with meticulous preparation required in order for divers to function safely when afflicted by alpine environmental conditions. The divers must undergo intense mountaineering workups, specialized medical training and rigorous physical conditioning. Witness dive trials and testing in high-pressure chambers, extensive training and exciting preparatory diving with the latest in “closed circuit” underwater breathing systems. Expedition workups will develop the revolutionary underwater discipline of Isolation Diving while rehearsing every detail of the missions in locations around the world chosen for their operational significance, environmental importance and audience interest.
The SN'D Project will culminate in the Himalaya and transport viewers deep into one of the planet’s most iconic regions, home of the legendary Mount Everest and the setting of this world-record-establishing adventure. After trekking for 2+weeks, the 15-person expedition party arrives at Lake 464 and establishes a professional diving laboratory and operational control centre on shore. This base will serve as dive mission control, field research station, medical clinic and equipment staging hub.
The scene is magnificent and otherworldly, yet treacherous. Perched precariously high above the surface are several enormous blocks of ice. At any moment one or more could finally lose its hold and plummet into the frigid waters, triggering the lake to burst its banks and unleash millions of tonnes of water, ice and rocky debris into the valleys below. The stakes couldn’t be higher and the dive team has dedicated months - and years - preparing themselves for this challenge.
Isolation Diving is founded on uncompromising safety, discipline and meticulous technical perfection. Small ROVs and AUVs will serve as agile filming platforms, physiological monitors, provide visual supervision capabilities to mission control, and check for unseen hazards before divers enter the water. Fully encapsulated from the freezing glacial waters by drysuits and full face masks, the aquanauts swim with tactical precision; operating in formation while flying their bodies through 3-dimensional liquid space. Divers will investigate the internal conditions of dynamic glacial systems, identify potential failure points and structurally map the moraine dam in detail for analysis by our affiliates. Live recordable video and voice communications between all divers and mission control will allow topside researchers to document and help direct underwater efforts in real time. The Divers Alert Network and other medical researchers will subject dive personnel to a variety of physiological testing and monitor them throughout every dive both for safety and to add to our fundamental understanding of diving science and medicine in extreme environments.
Follow the expeditionary team carrying their entire dive spread on foot through majestically powerful backdrops scant few have ever experienced and get to know the local communities downstream of Earth's most dangerous waters. A nontraditional test of human endurance and perseverance as the world has never been witness to, undertaken with all the seriousness the situation demands augmented by the humor and humanity it deserves. We are everyday blue-collar divers, expanding our fundamental understanding of a changing natural world and advancing the art of diving into uncharted waters. From absolute discipline underwater to impromptu musical performances and antics to lighten the atmosphere more than the altitude already has, the Steep N’ Deep Project aspires to entertain, inform and inspire. Welcome aboard, and stay tuned...