• INSPIRING EXPLORERS’ EXPEDITION

    Greenland Ice Cap 2018 – 560kms in 28 days

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Australians

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Norwegian

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Kilometres covered

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

Drake Lake

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March 13 Relatively calm waters on the Drake Passage today – as on our way to Antarctica, we’ve been fortunate to experience mild weather that is closer to the Drake Lake than the wild Drake Shake. Many of the team are enjoying catching up on sleep – well-deserved after five non-stop days of adventure in […]

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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UK Antarctic Heritage Trust challenged us to write an Antarctic poem to celebrate #worldpoetryday #challengeaccepted

Antarctic haiku:
Frozen desert white
Echoes of exploration
Howling on the wind

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Photo: Dr Fiona Shanhun. Caption Scott's hut at Cape Evans in a condition 2 storm (2018).
The Inspiring Explorers team are safely back home after an incredible voyage with @oneoceanexp to the Antarctic Peninsula.

We can't wait to share the amazing stories they have to tell of their lifechanging experience in the coming weeks and months!

In the meantime check out the fantastic blogs written by Inspiring Explorer @zanaprice at inspiringexplorers.com.

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We are so grateful for the many messages of support received from our friends and partners around the world in the wake of the terrible events in Christchurch, where Antarctic Heritage Trust is based. 
Our thoughts are with all those affected and their loved ones at this difficult time. Kia kaha. #kiakahachristchurch
Expedition Update: “We have just explored an Antarctic volcano on Deception Island. This morning we paddled around the coast of the island, including through a choppy passage between a cliff and a high rock. The waves arose from all angles, making for such an exhilarating ride we did it twice. 
Humpback whales were spotted and playful seals followed our kayaks round the shore where we headed to the remnants of an abandoned whaling station in Whaler’s Bay. Seals everywhere! 
We also took the opportunity to go for a polar plunge – stripping down to our togs and running into the freezing water. I managed a couple of strokes before sprinting straight back out. The spectators (which numbered many more than those in their togs) had as much fun watching the spectacle as the swimmers themselves.

In the afternoon, we hiked up to the craters of the volcano. This side of the island was striped in black and white – volcanic pebbles and ice, the small rocks blackening the crater edges.

We are sad to say goodbye to Antarctica as we head back to the Drake Passage. Every moment of this huge adventure will be treasured for the rest of our lives.” Written by Inspiring Explorer Rosanna Price. Read all the blogs at inspiringexplorers.com.
📸Antarctic Heritage Trust/Sylvie Admore

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Expedition Update:
“Today we stepped back in time by visiting Port Lockroy, a historic site maintained by Antarctic Heritage Trust's sister Trust, the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust. We explored the station here, Base A, which was established in 1944. The facilities have been preserved right from the tins of food, to the Reader’s Digest catalogues, to the scientific equipment, as well as sleeping and living quarters. 
We mailed postcards to ourselves from Port Lockroy's famous Penguin Post Office - they won’t make it back to us until November as the staff, (including AHT's own Conservation Programme Manager Al Fastier), have left for the season. 
In the afternoon we kayaked around Argentinean base Almirante Brown Station, to Paradise Bay. The Bay is a stunning vista filled with tall mountains, glaciers, and brash ice on a still harbour. Mike, Mele and I chose to hike up a hill, to view the beauty from above”. Written by Inspiring Explorer Rosanna Price. Read all the blogs at inspiringexplorers.com.
📸UK Antarctic Heritage Trust/Al Fastier
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We've been delving through the archives and thought we'd share these neat photos with you of Shackleton's motor car, which he took with him to Antarctica on the British Antarctic 'Nimrod' Expedition in 1907. 
The car, a purpose-built 12/15hp New Arrol-Johnston, was an open two-seater with a utility tray-back donated by major sponsor William Beardmore. It had a specially designed air-cooled, four-cylinder engine, used non-freezing oil, had a silencer that doubled as a foot-warmer, produced hot water by passing the exhaust pipe through a hopper that could be filled with snow, and could be fitted with a pair of ski runners on the front wheels. 
However, it was also heavy with little traction, sinking to its axles in the snow, and its petrol engine performed poorly from the outset. It was garaged at Shackleton’s expedition hut at Cape Royds and was useful only on the sea ice for transporting light loads, and once fell into a crevasse. 
While a couple of parts remain at Cape Royds today, the car left Antarctica with Shackleton and the skis are now held by the @CanterburyMuseum in Christchurch, where they have undergone conservation treatment by our conservators. Read more in our Antarctic Blogs at nzaht.org. 
Photos: Alexander Turnbull Library; Antarctic Heritage Trust 
#fromthearchives #conserve #discover #explore #antarctica #shackleton
Expedition Update
“Another amazing morning in Antarctica. Today we found the whales!
The ship docked up in Charlotte’s Bay – a glassy harbour surrounded by looming white glaciers over black rock, and home to large arctic-blue icebergs. Some icebergs had deep holes or caves in them, and we saw carving inside of one of these cavities.
A pod (if not pods) of humpback whales were breaching metres from our kayaks. A whale came up in front of me, mouth first, and I could make out the balaena and barnacles on its black coat. Some had a bright yellowy-orange colour on the underside of their tail which you could see as the tail came up and rolled into the ocean again.
In the afternoon, zodiacs carried some of us onshore to Portal Point. We saw a big Weddell seal lazing on the ice, fur seals playing around on the water and sliding on the ice, and a lone penguin looking for some friends. Overhead there were dozens of Antarctic shags flying above us.
We have arrived in perfect conditions to spend a night on the ice! After dinner we plan to kayak out to our own camping spot (for the Inspiring Explorers group), dig us some holes in the snow, and hunker down in bivouac sleeping bags for the night. We are all beaming about this rare opportunity.”
Written by Inspiring Explorer Rosanna Price. Read all the blogs at inspiringexplorers.com.
📸One Ocean Expeditions
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Expedition update excerpt: “…Finally, we were able to put all our hard work from kayak training into practise. Plonking down the gangway, and then cruising along in a zodiac, we made our way out to the calm waters of Yankee Bay on Greenwich Island. Getting into a kayak from over the side of a zodiac is much easier than we’d imagined (with many hands to help). Seals and penguins watched us from the shore, as we paddled around the coast. 
It was such an amazing experience to be able to see Chinstrap and Gentu penguins, fur seals and Antarctic shags bobbing through the water, swimming alongside the kayaks and entertaining us all. Picture three juvenile seals wrestling with each other on top of an iceberg. One of the many, many highlights was kayaking through brash ice close to the shore. 
The glaciers are beautiful – just like paintings. The scale is hard to capture in photographs because they look so flat, but there is a vibrant arctic blue that glows through the ice...” Written by Inspiring Explorer Rosanna Price. Read the full blogs at inspiringexplorers.com! 📸: One Ocean Expeditions, Antarctic Heritage Trust
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The 2019 team have reached Antarctica. They have had their first kayaking excursion, seen whales, penguins, seals and many birds. Daily updates from the team are at www.inspiringexplorers.com so check it out. 📷 One Ocean Expeditions
Antarctic Heritage Trust Programme Manager Al Fastier has a reputation as a true outdoorsman. That's why we weren't surprised this season when he put his hand up to sleep not in the relative comfort of Base A at Port Lockroy (as it was full), but in a one-man tent pitched outside it! 
Around 70cm of snow accumulated around Al's tent during the three weeks it was pitched. 
Al was at Port Lockroy sharing his heritage conservation expertise with members of our sister trust, @United Kingdom Antarctic Heritage Trust. 
#Antarctica #Conserve #Explore #Discover
Photo credit: Al Fastier/UKAHT
Expedition Update: “We have cast off on the Akademik Ioffe!
This morning we spent a few hours getting some fresh air by exploring Ushuaia, its hilly streets and bright murals. Feeling refuelled and ready to head South, we made our way to the Port where our docked One Ocean Expeditions vessel awaited – the Akademik Ioffe.
The 117 metre-long boat was built for scientific research and is designed to measure the transmission of sub-surface sound waves. We quickly unpacked our belongings, keen to explore our new home for the next 10 days, introducing ourselves to friendly staff and other passengers – and made for the view as we made an early cast-off.
There’s no better place to say goodbye to the glorious peaks of Ushuaia, than from the deck of a ship. Marco quickly sighted an albatross, and was able to capture the bird take flight.
We are now gliding through the Beagle Channel. The mountains have become silhouettes on a darkening horizon. Waves are calm. Seasickness pills have been taken. Belongings have been secured. The forecast for the Drake Passage is looking ‘benign’, with winds no higher than 20 knots.
Boarding the ship has reinforced anticipation for our next stop – the Antarctic Peninsula.”
Written by Inspiring Explorer Rosanna Price. Read all the blogs at inspiringexplorers.com. 
#inspire #explore #antarcticpeninsula #inspiringexplorers2019 #frontier 📸 @oneoceanexp @zanaprice
Expedition Update: “We have touched down in Ushuaia, and everyone is in good spirits. I’m pleased to report that we made it without any serious injuries or lost baggage! In Buenos Aires we were treated to some seriously meaty cuisine and have had ample opportunity to practise our Spanish. 
The flight into Tierra del Fuego and the southern-most city of the world Ushuaia, was a feast for the eyes, as we glided over the sharp peaks of mountains spotted with snow, rivers and crater lakes. The air is crisp, refreshing and not too cold, and the sun is beaming down. 
We are all spending our down time preparing for the voyage ahead, excited to get on board the vessel tomorrow. A few of us have taken a stroll through the quaint town shops and along the waterfront. 
Ushuaia is known as ‘El Fin Del Mundo’, ‘the end of the world’, as it’s the southern-most city in the world and departure point for Antarctic voyages.” Written by Inspiring Explorer Rosanna Price. Read all the expedition blogs at inspiringexplorers.com. 📸One Ocean Expeditions 
#inspire #explore #antarctica #inspiringexplorers #frontier @oneoceanexp @zanaprice