Antarctic, S Georgia
Ski in Shackleton's Footsteps
A fantastic opportunity to make a rare repeat of Shackleton's epic journey across South Georgia. This is a self-supported expedition over 2 or 3 days and participants will ski, pulling pulkas carrying all equipment. Accompanied by professional ski mountaineering guides the group will leave the MV Plancius on approximately day... More
A fantastic opportunity to make a rare repeat of Shackleton's epic journey across South Georgia. This is a self-supported expedition over 2 or 3 days and participants will ski, pulling pulkas carrying all equipment. Accompanied by professional ski mountaineering guides the group will leave the MV Plancius on approximately day 7 of the voyage and we aim to rendezvous with the ship on day 9. The ski trekking involves elements of ski mountaineering, glacier travel and winter camping. The skiers will cover a total distance of 40 km retracing the historic Shackleton route, which he covered in 36 hours.
Ski crossing of South Georgia
A group of 12 ski trekkers will pull their own pulka (sledge) weighing approx. 30 - 35 kg, with personal and shared equipment (food, stoves, fuel) in challenging mountainous terrain. The pulka can be carried as a backpack on stretches without snow. In general participants must be physically well conditioned and experienced in order to participate in this strenuous exercise in an alpine environment, possibly facing extreme weather. In addition, ski trekkers must be familiar with skiing and crevasse rescue techniques. The group will negotiate sometimes difficult, glaciated, heavily crevassed and potentially hazardous alpine terrain. There is no real climbing, but the extreme weather conditions and strong winds can make this crossing a very challenging undertaking. There is a possibility that due to stormy weather the expedition members must remain in tents for several days at a time. Fully approved UIAGM mountain and ski guides are responsible for safety and will lead the group during this multiple day expedition. The minimum guide to client ratio is 1 to 4. Basic equipment is available onboard (pulka/sledges, snowshoes, field camp and alpine mountaineering essentials). Ski trekkers need to bring only their own ski equipment (Randonees or Telemark skis, skiing boots) and personal expedition clothing. Prospective participants will need to submit a cv summarising their personal ski mountaineering/trekking history preferably in an expedition setting. Successful applications will then be interviewed. This is a serious undertaking, but if you are fit enough and have a sense of adventure (and endurance) - then this is the ultimate!
Available 'All Year' between
Ski mountaineering guides at 1:4 ratio, Pulkas, All camping equipment including sleeping bags and camping mats, All group mountaineering equipment, All group safety equipment, All food
What's Not Included
Personal equipment such as skis, boots, crampons etc - please refer to equipment list for more details,
On arrival day at King Haakon Bay, the expedition members will spend their first night further on land.
We embark on our ski-trek across alpine passes and glaciers, aiming for reunion with the ship at Fortuna or Stromness Bay.
Today we should complete our crossing and gain the tremendous view over Fortuna Bay before descending scree, snow and finally grass to reach the stony beach where we hope to rendezvous with the shore party from the MV Plancius and together walk round to Stromness.