Antarctic Peninsula 2019



Rosanna Price

Waking up in Antarctica

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 Waking up in Antarctica After a short break and some time to process her experience in Antarctica, we caught up with Inspiring Explorer Rosanna Price to get her perspective on the expedition, find out the highlights of the trip and the big…

In Nansen’s Footsteps

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In 2018 Antarctic Heritage Trust took four young explorers 560km across the Greenland ice cap, in an epic expedition honouring Fridtjof Nansen’s first crossing 130 years ago. The explorers included a record-setting trailblazer, a New Zealand endurance athlete, a respected international videographer and an intrepid Australian adventurer (who once slept for nearly three months to overcome a head injury). The team took 28 days to ski across the ice cap dragging sleds behind them. They faced unprecedented levels of snow, Arctic hurricanes and sickness, in a season where only a handful of teams made it across the ice successfully. In Nansen’s Footsteps documents this journey and is the Trust’s third Inspiring Explorers’ film.

Director: Keith Parsons (Inspiring Explorer)
Producer: Belmont Productions
Executive Producer: Antarctic Heritage Trust

With thanks to Kathmandu and Ousland Explorers.

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2019 Inspiring Explorers

Leah Stewart

Marco de Kretser

Alexander Hillary

Rosanna Price

Georgie Archibald

Lana Kiddie-Vai

Mele Fetu’u

Caragh Doherty

Meet Mike…

AHT is thrilled to be partnering with Olympic kayaker Mike Dawson, who will be joining the Inspiring Explorers’ Expedition as a kayaking mentor.

Mike Dawson was born in Tauranga in 1986. After taking up kayaking at a young age, the sport quickly became his main focus. He has so far competed in two Olympic Games, has achieved silver and bronze medals in extreme kayaking championships, and has participated in kayaking expeditions in Chile, Uganda, Pakistan and beyond…

“I have loved kayaking ever since I first started doing it as a kid. I’m absolutely stoked to be joining AHT to share my passion for kayaking with other young New Zealanders and hopefully teach people some new skills!”


This photo of Shackleton's Nimrod Hut at Cape Royds was taken on a particularly nice day this 2018/2019 season.

Shackleton's team was the first to ascend nearby Mt Erebus, the world's southernmost volcano, in March 1908. Shackleton wrote on leaving his Nimrod Hut: "We watched the little hut fade away in the distance with feelings almost of sadness, and there were few men aboard who did not cherish a hope that some day they would once more live strenuous days under the shadow of mighty Erebus"

Photo: Antarctic Heritage Trust/Mike Gillies; Royal Geographical Society

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#OTD 21 April – on this day in 1934, Norwegian explorer Carsten Borchgrevink died aged 69 in Oslo, Norway.

Borchgrevink led the British Antarctic Expedition, which sailed from London on the Southern Cross landing at Cape Adare in January 1899. Borchgrevink and his party inhabited Cape Adare – an area now famous for its harsh weather and as the site of the world’s largest Adelie Penguin colony – from 1899–1900. Although the expedition sailed under the Union Jack, most of the crew were Norwegian.

The expedition recorded a number of Antarctic firsts. The explorers were the first people to spend a winter on the Antarctic continent, they erected the first buildings, took the first steps on the Ross Ice Shelf, were the first to use dogs and the Primus stove on the continent, and recorded the first full year of climate data.

A new exhibition at Canterbury Museum, in partnership with Antarctic Heritage Trust, showcases artefacts from the huts at Cape Adare. Breaking the Ice: The First Year in Antarctica opens 18 May 2019.

Photo: Canterbury Museum (reference number 1978.207.11)
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A key part of the annual maintenance undertaken by our on-ice conservation team is snow removal around the three heroic-era huts at Ross Island and Hillary's Hut. This is to prevent structural issues which may arise from the seasonal Antarctic cycle of melting and refreezing.

Snow removal used to take a week for each of the explorer huts, but with regular maintenance it now takes just one to two days. This season members of the New Zealand Defence Force also assisted the team shoveling snow. 
Pictured is Scott's Discovery Hut, Hut Point before and during snow removal. 📸Antarctic Heritage Trust; Antarctic Heritage Trust/Martin Wenzel

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"The best thing by far that I saw were leopard seals. When I was on one of the zodiacs, on the way back from Cuverville Island we drove past a leopard seal and as we went past it, it slid into the ocean and for the next half hour was swimming around our zodiac popping its head up and sticking his face in front of my camera. It was looking me in the eye and giving me some freaky smiles." Read more about Marco's up-close wildlife encounters in his post-expedition interview at www.inspiringexplorers.com. 📸 Siyan Wang; Georgie Archibald/Antarctic Heritage Trust 
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Expert conservation carpenter Martin Wenzel and Trust Conservation Ambassador Mike Gillies spent time this season conserving food supply boxes from a 1913 cache located on Inexpressible Island, Terra Nova Bay. 
The emergency depot was set up by Robert Falcon Scott’s Terra Nova Expedition after six men of Scott’s Northern Party spent a miserable winter clinging to survival eating seal meat in an ice cave nearby, after the Terra Nova was unable to pick them up from an exploration and surveying trip as planned due to sea ice conditions. 
The cache was left there in case emergency supplies were ever needed again. The ice cave site is now within an ASPA (Antarctic Specially Protected Area) designated as such due to flora and fauna and the historical significance of the site. 
Read more on the Terra Nova expedition on our website at www.nzaht.org/pages/history-of-scotts-expedition-cape-evans. 📸 Antarctic Heritage Trust/Nicola Stewart

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New exhibition announcement! The world’s most famous fruitcake and a forgotten watercolour painting will be displayed at Canterbury Museum in Christchurch (NZ) when an exhibition of objects from Antarctica’s first buildings opens in May.

Created by Antarctic Heritage Trust in partnership with Canterbury Museumeum, Breaking the Ice: The First Year in Antarctica will be the public’s only chance to see items left behind by Carsten Borchgrevink’s Southern Cross and Robert Falcon Scott’s Terra Nova expeditions in two huts at Cape Adare.

This is a rare opportunity to see these artefacts outside of #Antarctica.

Find out more at www.nzaht.org
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#onthisday in 1873 Shackleton’s ‘right-hand man’ Frank Wild was born in Yorkshire, England. 
Wild was a vital member of five Antarctic expeditions led by Shackleton, Robert Falcon Scott and Douglas Mawson and was awarded the polar medal with four bars, making him the most decorated polar explorer of the heroic age of exploration.

He accompanied Shackleton on his attempt on the South Pole which turned back just 97 miles from their goal and raced back to the Nimrod on reduced rations. 
Wild wrote in his diary of Shackleton gifting him a biscuit to eat: “All the money that was ever minted would not have bought that biscuit and the remembrance of that sacrifice will never leave me”. Wild went on to be second in command to Shackleton in the Weddell Sea Party during the ill-fated Imperial Trans Antarctic Expedition, remaining with the men while Shackleton and five others made the incredible journey from Elephant Island to South Georgia Island to seek help for the stranded crew. On their final expedition together on the Quest, Wild took command after Shackleton's untimely death. 📸 (The South Pole Party left to right): Frank Wild, Ernest Shackleton, Eric Marshall and Jameson Boyd-Adams

Credit: Canterbury Museum 
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"Before this trip I did underestimate my own ability and doubt my place in the world, but little ole Caragh from little ole Otara – we rocked it in Antarctica..." .
Caragh Doherty was the teacher selected from Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate as part of a partnership with Antarctic Heritage Trust to take a teacher and two students to Antarctica on the 2019 Inspiring Explorers' Expedition. .
Caragh's advice to readers is: "I want people to know that they shouldn’t settle for what’s in front of them. Whether it’s your lounge, your local park or your school, you need to push your boundaries and get out and explore. Step out of your comfort zone because you never know where it will take you. For us it took us to Antarctica, for other people who knows where it will take them. I will say don’t just settle for what is right in front of your eyes, but see what else is out there." Get inspired by Caragh's fresh new perspective at: www.inspiringexplorers.com/rocking-it-in-antarctica/ .
📸 Leah Stewart/Antarctic Heritage Trust; Alexander Hillary/Antarctic Heritage Trust
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"I was really surprised by the intensity of the sounds of Antarctica. It seems like there is such stillness and silence to the polar regions but then it’s really heightened by the constant sounds of water slapping against icebergs, and wind tumbling over vast vistas. You can hear glaciers calving into the sea, and there is the yelping and squawking of the wildlife everywhere – it was just unreal. There was a constant symphony of sounds." .
@georgiearchibald on the unexpected sounds of Antarctica. Check out our interview with Georgie for more of her expedition insights, highlights and challenges from the Inspiring Explorers' Expedition to the Antarctic Peninsula: www.inspiringexplorers.com/symphony-of-sounds/.
📸Georgie Archibald/Antarctic Heritage Trust; Alexander Hillary/Antarctic Heritage Trust

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The Antarctic Heritage Trust conservation team spent time at Shackleton's Nimrod Hut, Cape Royds this season, with this beautifully conserved Abram Lyle & Sons Ltd golden syrup catching the eye of Conservation Ambassador Mike Gillies.

The tin depicts a lion covered in bees with the same tagline still used today: "out of the strong came forth sweetness". This was inspired by the biblical tale of Samson and the lion. When he killed the lion, bees created a hive, with Samson then feeding his parents the honey they produced.

Shackleton is famously known to have also referenced a dead lion when explaining his decision to turn back just 97 nautical miles from his attempt on the South Pole during his British Antarctic (Nimrod) Expedition: "Better a live donkey than a dead lion"! 📸 Antarctic Heritage Trust/Mike Gillies

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"To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield"

#onthisday in 1912 Captain Robert Falcon Scott, Henry Bowers and Dr Edward Wilson are presumed to have perished on their return journey from the South Pole, having been beaten to their destination by Roald Amundsen by 34 days.

Edgar Evans and Lawrence Oates had already perished. Trapped in their tent by blizzard conditions, a food depot was just 11 miles from their final campsite but impossible for the weakened men to reach.

A cairn was erected over the tent when it was found by a search party eight months later.

Photo credits: Antarctica New Zealand pictorial collection

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Happy #humpday! This sleepy Weddell seal was snapped by #inspiringexplorer @georgiearchibald during the Inspiring Explorers' Expedition to the Antarctic Peninsula. 
The team had the opportunity to appreciate the incredible array of wildlife up close, and learn about the challenges facing different species from world experts onboard the @oneoceanexp vessel. 📸Antarctic Heritage Trust/Georgie Archibald 
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