Antarctic Peninsula 2019


Meet the 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!”


The British Antarctic Expedition 1898-1900, led by Carsten Borchgrevink, sailed to Cape Adare aboard the Southern Cross, a steam whaler designed by renowned Norwegian shipbuilder Colin Archer. The expedition departed from St Katherine’s Dock, London on 22 August 1898. A large crowd assembled to see the expedition off. Public interest in the departure was stirred by the thought that the men might not return, and the ship was given a rousing send-off as she glided down the Thames. 
Sailing via Hobart, the Southern Cross, loaded with stores and with dogs tethered on the deck, arrived at Cape Adare nearly six months later, during a storm, on 15 February. When the storm abated, a landing was made and a beach ridge selected as the site for the two prefabricated huts, and their arrival was celebrated with champagne and speech making.
You have a rare opportunity to view artefacts from the expedition before they are returned to Antarctica at the 'Breaking the Ice: The First Year in Antarctica' exhibition, which is open now at Canterbury Museum.
#capadareexhibition #capeadare #breakingtheice #conserve #heritage #borchgrevink #firstwinter
@canterburymuseum @antarctica.nz @MFATgovtnz @MPIgovtnz @NRK @Norwayinaus @norskpolarinstituut
Made in Britain, tested in Antarctica.
As world leaders in cold-climate heritage conservation, the Antarctic Heritage Trust is proud to care for Sir Ernest Shackleton’s only expedition base in Antarctica, and promote his legacy of Antarctic exploration. And we are now happy to announce a new partnership with British performance clothing brand 'Shackleton'.
Not only can you enjoy an exclusive 20% discount from the entire Shackleton collection using code NZAHT20 at checkout*, Shackleton will also donate 15% of your purchase to the Antarctic Heritage Trust, so that we may continue to conserve, share and encourage the spirit of exploration.
*offer valid until 15 July 2019 at shackletonlondon.co.nz.
2017 Inspiring Explorer Isobel Ewing has just cycled the rugged and beautiful Rainbow Road in preparation for a much bigger expedition later in the year.
She's cycling 2000km along the Silk Road - an ancient route that encapsulates the spirit of exploration. 
More info at isobelewing.com 📷 Sam Smoothy
#explore #InspiringExplorers
After Scott’s Northern Party left Cape Adare in January 1912, the huts on Ridley Beach saw no human visitors for 44 years, just the endless ebb and flow of millions of penguins. When re-discovered, Borchgrevink’s huts were full of snow and ice, and the Northern Party Hut was beginning to collapse. Many of the original contents, including the fitted bunks, the original stove, and many of the stores, clothing and papers were still in place, although deteriorated. The remnants of Borchgrevink’s 1898-1900 Southern Cross expedition were overlaid due to the use of the hut by the six members of the Northern Party.
Between 1956 and 2004, site inspections, removal of the snow and ice, an inventory of artefacts, and some initial restoration work were undertaken by various groups. In 2004, Antarctic Heritage Trust published a Conservation Plan for the site, and began work on fundraising and logistics planning for Cape Adare whilst completing conservation at other Ross Sea sites. Due to its particularly remote location, the site poses a number of logistical challenges. In the 2015/2016 season approximately 1500 artefacts were temporarily moved to Canterbury Museum in New Zealand to undergo conservation treatment.
You have a once in a lifetime chance to view these conserved artefacts before they return to Antarctica, at the 'Breaking the Ice: The First Year in Antarctica' exhibition, which is open now at Canterbury Museum.
#capadareexhibition #capeadare #breakingtheice #conserve #heritage #borchgrevink #firstwinter
@canterburymuseum and @mfatgovtnz @nrk @norwayinaustralia @norskpolarinstitutt
“We had pierced the veneer of outside things. We had “suffered, starved, and triumphed, groveled down yet grasped at glory, grown bigger in the bigness of the whole.” We had seen God in his splendors, heard the text that Nature renders. We had reached the naked soul of man.” Ernest Shackleton – South

#onthisday 20 May 1916, Shackleton, Worsley and Crean finally reached Stromness whaling station, the first hint of civilization they had seen in nearly a year and a half.  They had crossed the previously unmapped rugged interior of South Georgia Island in just 36 exhausting hours after landing in the James Caird, their other three companions too weak to attempt the crossing with them.

The manager of the whaling station barely recognised the men, who were filthy, frostbitten and haggard, yet triumphant knowing their companions from the Endurance stranded at Elephant Island would soon be rescued. 📸 Crean, Shackleton & Worsley at Stromness, public domain

#OTD #Shackleton #Endurance #discover #explore
Breaking the Ice: the first year in Antarctica’ is open now!! A collaboration between Antarctic Heritage Trust and Canterbury Museum, the exhibition features artefacts from Borchgrevink’s huts at Cape Adare, in the first and only ever opportunity to view these historic objects outside of Antarctica. 
In a happy coincidence, 18 May is also International Museum Day – a day to celebrate museums as important means of cultural exchange and enrichment of cultures. It’s a great day to head down and support @CanterburyMuseum.
@AntarcticaNZ @MFATgovtnz @MPIgovtnz @NRK @Norwayinaus @norskpolarinstituut
#capeadareexhibition #capeadare #breakingtheice #conserve#heritage #firsthut #firstwinter #penguins #ice #Antarcticfruitcake#100yearoldfruitcake #watercolour #1899treecreeper#edwardwilsonwatercolour #robertfalconscott #firstbuilding#borchgrevink #worldmuseumday
Today, May 17 is Norwegian Constitution Day! Tomorrow, artefacts from Norwegian-born explorer Carsten Borchgrevink's huts will go on display at @canterburymuseum Christchurch in a once in a lifetime opportunity to see the objects while they are temporarily in New Zealand for conservation. 
The buildings at Cape Adare were the first ever erected on the Antarctic continent, in 1899. This is the only place in the world where humanity’s first building survives to the present day. Antarctic Heritage Trust is working to stabilise the buildings and the objects they contain for the international community so the story of the first Antarctic winter can continue to inspire for years to come.

You can see the artefacts at the exhibition, 'Breaking the Ice: The First Year in Antarctica'. Head to www.nzaht.org/pages/antarctic-artefacts-exhibited to find out all the details. 📸Borchgrevink's expedition crew
Credit: Canterbury Museum

#norwegianconstitutionday #capadareexhibition #capeadare #breakingtheice #conserve #heritage #borchgrevink #firstwinter #tbt #robertfalconscott
Over 1500 artefacts from Borchgrevink's huts at Cape Adare were taken to a specialist lab at @canterburymuseum , New Zealand where experts from Antarctic Heritage Trust conserved them.

The huts were built by Norwegian Carsten Borchgrevink’s expedition in 1899 and later used by Captain Scott’s party in 1911. The buildings were the first in Antarctica and are the only examples left of humanity’s first building on any continent. Artefacts include everything the men needed to survive the Antarctic winter, from food items, clothing and scientific equipment.

The 'Breaking the Ice: The First Year in Antarctica' exhibition opening this Saturday 18 May will be the one and only opportunity to see some of these artefacts on display before they are returned.

Find out more at nzaht.org 📸 AHT. Trust specialist conservators celebrate conserving 1500 items. From left Josefin, Sue, Nicola and Ciaran

#capadareexhibition #capeadare #breakingtheice #conserve #heritage #borchgrevink #firstwinter #tbt #robertfalconscott
“Never stop because you are afraid–you are never so likely to be wrong. Never keep a line of retreat: it is a wretched invention. The difficult is what takes a little time. The impossible is what takes a little longer.”– Fridtjof Nansen

#onthisday in 1930, Norwegian explorer Fridtjof Nansen died aged 68. He received a state funeral.

Nansen was an explorer, oceanographer, statesman, inventor, diplomat and humanitarian, receiving the Nobel Peace Prize in 1922 for his work repatriating almost half a million prisoners of World War 1. This led to the introduction of the Nansen Passport, a universal travel document for displaced people

He led the first expedition team to cross the Greenland ice cap in 1888, utlising several of his own inventions including the Nansen Sledge and Nansen Cooker. Our Inspiring Explorers honoured this crossing in 2018 in their own 560km ski across the ice cap, 130 years after Nansen. 
See the film 'In Nansens' Footstep's at nzaht.org.

Read more about the 'father of polar exploration' who paved the way for the likes of Shackleton and Scott at https://nzahtstg.wpengine.com/nansen/. #explore #discover #Greenland #Nansen #InspiringExplorers2018

Photos: public domain
Only one week to go until exhibition opening!

#breakingtheice @canterburymuseum
The British Antarctic Expedition (1898–1900) team were not only the first to winter over in Antarctica, they also undertook the first serious exploration of the continent.

Plans to explore inland however, were thwarted by weather, the men's inexperience and the impassable mountains behind Cape Adare. For most of the year, Borchgrevink's party was limited to short journeys around Robertson Bay. 
Although they didn’t venture far, the men learned valuable lessons about travelling in Antarctica, particularly how swiftly deadly storms can arise and how easily the sea ice can break apart, leaving travellers marooned. 
This photo was taken in April 1899 of the men climbing the Adare Peninsula after spending three nights marooned in the ice during a sledging trip. 📸 @canterburymuseum 
#capeadareexhibition #capeadare #breakingtheice #conserve #heritage #firstwinter #Borchgrevink
AHT was thrilled to invite Olympic kayaker @mrmikedawson , to join the Inspiring Explorers’ Expedition to the Antarctic Peninsula as a kayaking mentor. 
Mike has kayaked all around the world in the harshest environments and the most remote rivers, from the Nile to rivers in Chile, Uganda and Pakistan, to name a few. But what did he think of kayaking in Antarctica..? "I’d been told that it’s big and that it’s hard to describe. What I came away with was that it is hard to describe what you see there. There are so many things that that if you took them away individually and put them in another environment they would each be spectacular on its own merits, but they are all in one huge landscape. Everywhere you look, there are glaciers flowing into the ocean, you’ve got whales, beautiful pristine water, mountains in the distance, and we are just seeing what is along the coastline – everything is just massive. It makes everything else you’ve ever seen, tiny." Read about kayaking mentor Mike's first ever Antarctic-based kayaking experience in his post-expedition interview at www.inspiringexplorers.com. 📸 Mike Dawson/AHT; Georgie Archibald/AHT; Alexander Hillary/AHT

#inspiringexplorers2019 #explore #inspire #discover #antarctica #frontier @oneoceanexp

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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Official Selection 2019 New Zealand Mountain Film Festival