• INSPIRING EXPLORERS’ EXPEDITION

    Greenland Ice Cap 2018 – 560kms in 28 days

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Kiwis

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Australians

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Norwegian

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Days travelled

560

Kilometres covered

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These stunning images from Inspiring Explorer Keith Parsons give an insight into the team’s epic expedition across the Greenland ice cap.

Reflecting on an epic Inspiring Explorers’ Expedition

They battled hurricane conditions, heavy snowfalls and illness, but the six-person Antarctic Heritage Trust Inspiring Explorers’ Expedition reached the finish line of their 560-kilometre crossing of the Greenland ice cap almost a month after they set off. They made the journey on skis while pulling 60-kilogram supply sleds behind them. Antarctic Heritage Trust selected four […]

Fridtjof Nansen (10 October 1861-13 May 1930)
Fridtjof Nansen was a Norwegian explorer who led the first team to cross Greenland in 1888. Nansen was a pioneer in the fields of exploration and oceanography, and was also a diplomat and humanitarian who won the Nobel Peace Prize. Read More >

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the spirit of exploration

Antarctic Heritage Trust’s mission is to conserve, share and encourage the spirit of exploration. Through our Inspiring Explorers’ Expeditions, we aim to provide opportunities for young people to experience Antarctica and the polar regions. These expeditions engage people with the legacy and spirit of exploration, inspiring a new generation of explorers.

The Trust’s third Inspiring Explorers’ Expedition sees our team attempt to ski 560km across the Greenland Ice Cap, dragging 60kg sleds behind them. 2018 marks the 130th anniversary of the first crossing of Greenland by iconic Norwegian explorer Fridtjof Nansen.

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2018 Inspiring Explorers

Brando Yelavich

Bridget Kruger

Hollie Woodhouse

Keith Parsons

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#throwbackThursday Sir Edmund Hillary on returning from the South Pole, Trans-Antarctic Expedition (1955-1958). 🇦🇶 #explore #discover #Antarctica #conservation #Hillary 📷: Denis Wederell, Antarctic Heritage Trust
Meet Shackleton, the latest member of the @huskyrescuenz whānau - a distinguished name for a very distinguished dog. 🐕#Shackleton #huskies #Antarctica
#Onthisday in 1872, Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen was born. Amundsen was responsible for a number of firsts in polar exploration, including most significantly - leading the first expedition to the South Pole in 1912. Amundsen was advised by Nansen, and took his ship Fram to the Antarctic. 🇦🇶🇳🇴#explore #discover #Antarctica #Amundsen #Nansen #InspiringExplorers
This image depicts Nansen and his second-in-command Otto Sverdrup as they doggedly pull their sledge across the frozen expanse of the Greenland ice cap. Except that they weren't in Greenland at all...it was actually taken in a photographer's studio long after the expedition's completion. Because Nansen was the only camera operator on the expedition, his only depictions on the ice were in sketches drawn later. It was decided that they would recreate some photos of the expedition leader in action after the fact, although it's clear upon closer inspection that the pair are not struggling perhaps as much as they would have been on the actual crossing! 🇬🇱🧔🏼 #explore #discover #Greenland #Nansen #InspiringExplorers #throwback

@kathmandugear @borgeouslandexploration
“I hope our experience inspires other people to go exploring in their own way. It doesn’t have to be Greenland. It’s about getting out there and realising there aren’t many barriers once you’re on that start line.” @keith.l.parsons #explore #discover #Greenland #Nansen #InspiringExplorers 📷: @polarbengt
“It was incredible to walk onto the rocks beside the sea and say, we’ve made it, we’ve walked across Greenland. I had tears in my eyes and couldn’t believe the relief of finishing this massively consuming experience. For the expedition to have gone to plan with all of us finishing was fantastic, as some other teams had been airlifted off. The final day pushed us to the absolute limit. It was hard physically and the weather pushed us right to the end. Even six hours out we didn’t know if we would make it. There was low cloud hanging around the sea so we weren’t sure if the helicopter would be able to get in to chopper us out. The fact we did cross in spite of all the obstacles made it even more of an achievement.”
@holliewoodhouse on the realisation that the team had beaten the odds to complete the crossing of the Greenland ice cap. 🇬🇱❄️🤜🤛
#explore #discover #Greenland #Nansen #InspiringExplorers

@kathmandugear @borgeouslandexploration 📷: @keith.l.parsons
#worldchocolateday High energy food was a key part of Antarctic expeditions and continues to be so today. Chocolate provides a fast energy boost in the field and copes quite well with being frozen. This lacquered and unopened tin of 12 x 2oz chocolate bars was specially packed for the Trans-Antarctic Expedition 1956 by Andrew Lusk and Co, London. #chocolategoodness #Antarctica #Hillary 🍫🇦🇶
#onthisday in 1964, Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition member Reginald W. James passed away in Cape Town, South Africa at the age of 73.

Reginald James was the expedition physicist and is pictured here (on the right) with expedition meteorologist Leonard Hussey, as they worked in the lab on board Endurance. 
James' journals would provide valuable insight into the crew's time stranded on Elephant Island. As paper was in short supply, he resorted to using spare pages in the expedition's copy of The Iliad to write his diary. 🇦🇶📖 #explore #discover #Antarctica #conservation #InspiringExplorers 📷: Frank Hurley (public domain)
Happy Friday! Have a great weekend everyone 😴🇬🇱❄️📷: @keith.l.parsons