• INSPIRING EXPLORERS’ EXPEDITION

    Antarctic Peninsula 2019

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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. During his career he 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!”

Connecting with
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.

Antarctic Heritage Trust wants to connect young people with the spirit of exploration by providing opportunities for them to go out and explore the world, to get them off their devices and out of their comfort zone. This trip will offer people a chance to push themselves, to connect with experts, and learn about the history, science, wildlife, environment and legacy of exploration in Antarctica. Participants will discover the spirit of exploration in the world’s most extreme environment and experience the spirit of the early polar explorers; a remarkable legacy the Trust cares for on behalf of humanity.

2019 Inspiring Explorers

Leah Stewart

Marco de Kretser

Alexander Hillary

Rosanna Price

Georgie Archibald

Lana Kiddie-Vai

Mele Fetu’u

Caragh Doherty

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Meet our 2019 #InspiringExplorers joining us on our expedition to the Antarctic Peninsula

A former journalist from Wellington, Rosanna is currently working at Land Information New Zealand as a Senior Communications Advisor.

With a Bachelor of Communications from Massey University, majoring in Marketing Communications, Rosanna has worked as a freelance writer and social media manager.

Having completed a trek to Annapurna Base Camp in the Himalayas, Nepal, travelled through South America and explored the Otway rainforest from the Great Ocean Road in Victoria, Australia, Rosanna is a keen explorer and travel writer.

More recently, Rosanna has become a mother to one-year-old son Solomon, which is in itself a whole new adventure.

Rosanna will be writing up the story of the team's voyage to Antarctica and is looking forward to sharing the experience with readers.

#explore #discover #Antarctica #InspiringExplorers2019 #antarcticpeninsula #kayaking #frontier @oneoceanexp @zanaprice
#OnThisDay in 1912 Tom Crean reached Scott's Discovery Hut at Hut Point after 18 exhausting hours stumbling 35 miles through the snow to find aid for his fellow expedition members Bill Lashly and the critically ill Edward Evans, in what is known as his 'solo march'.
Learn about the history of the expeditions at Scott's Hut at nzaht.org.
📸 Alasdair Turner; Herbert Ponting/Antarctica New Zealand
#Antarctica #polarhistory #explore #discover #conserve #TomCrean @TomCreanDiscovery
Meet our 2019 #InspiringExplorers joining us on our expedition to the Antarctic Peninsula

Raised in Auckland, Alexander has recently completed his Bachelor of Industrial Design (Honours) at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.

An experienced adventure photographer and videographer, Alexander’s work has been used for presentations on National Geographic expeditions. He aspires to be a visual storyteller and is keen to capture the unique qualities of the Antarctic Peninsula through his lens.

As the grandson of iconic Kiwi explorer Sir Edmund Hillary, Alexander has a deep connection to the history of Antarctic exploration. With a goal of climbing the Seven Summits (the highest peaks on the seven continents), and three already successfully completed, Alexander is keen to continue in the same spirit of exploration.

We can't wait to see the photographs he captures! Follow him at @alexhillary.

#explore #discover #Antarctica #InspiringExplorers2019 #antarcticpeninsula #kayaking #frontier  @oneoceanexp
Meet our 2019 #InspiringExplorers 
At just 18 years old, Marco de Kretser has just completed his final year at Glendowie College. Marco plans to study a conjoint Bachelor of Arts (Screen Production) and Bachelor of Global Studies (Global Environment and Sustainable Development) at the University of Auckland.

Marco is passionate about photography and filmmaking, as well as being a self-taught DJ and electronic music producer, with a large number of plays on music sharing platform SoundCloud. We can't wait to hear the soundscape he plans to produce from his time on the Peninsula!

Follow Marco as he captures the sights and sounds of Antarctica:
Instagram @marcodekretser
His website bit.ly/marcodekretser
Soundcloud: soundcloud.com/lyraemusic

#explore #discover #Antarctica #InspiringExplorers2019 #antarcticpeninsula #kayaking #frontier @oneoceanexp
#onthisday in 1900, Norwegian explorer Carsten Borchgrevink, along with William Colbeck and Per Savio were the first people to land on the Great Ice Barrier (now known as the Ross Ice Shelf). The team travelled 16km south and achieved a new Farthest South record at 78°50'S.

We're very proud to care for Borchgrevink's Huts at Cape Adare - the first buildings on Antarctica and the only example of humankind's first dwelling on a continent still standing.

Read more about Borchgrevink's Huts on our website: https://www.nzaht.org/explorer-bases/borchgrevink-hut-cape-adare.

#explore #discover #Antarctica #conserve #Borchgrevink

Photos: Canterbury Museum, Antarctic Heritage Trust
We're sad to hear the search for Shackleton's Endurance has had to be called off due to weather and ice conditions. 
Huge congratulations to the @weddellseaexpedition ​team for all they have achieved with this incredible expedition and for getting the closest to Endurance anyone has in over a century since it was lost to the ice. 
This photo was taken by Endurance photographer Frank Hurley during the Antarctic night, the eerie lighting the result of the successive flashes required to illuminate the ship where it lay trapped amongst the snow and pack ice of the Weddell Sea. Three months after this photo was taken she sank out of sight and now remains lost still. 
Read the full details at weddellseaexpedition.org #weddellseaexpedition2019 #endurance #shackleton #antarctica #explore #discover #conserve 
Photo: Canterbury Museum
As we wait to hear the outcome of the @weddellseaexpedition  to discover the century-old wreck of Shackleton’s Endurance beneath the sea ice, we’ve been reflecting on the other component of Shackleton’s Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition (1914-17), the Ross Sea Party.
Shackleton’s aim was to be the first to cross Antarctica overland from the Weddell Sea to Ross Island, traveling via the South Pole. With no radio contact between the two parties, the Ross Sea Party’s mission was to lay vital depots for Shackleton to collect from the South Pole onwards. As if that weren’t difficult enough, the men were left with only a small portion of the supplies intended for them after their ship Aurora blew out to sea and was unable to return.
Meanwhile, Shackleton’s main group had abandoned ship as the Endurance was first trapped then crushed in the Weddell Sea ice. This was followed by what has been called ‘the greatest story of survival ever told’ as he raced to save his men.
Shackleton, having travelled 800 nautical miles to civilisation to find a vessel that could rescue the Endurance crew trapped on Elephant Island, made a second voyage to the other side of Antarctica. There he found the seven surviving members of the Ross Sea Party living in Scott’s Hut at Cape Evans. These men only then learned of the travails of the Endurance.
Shackleton’s determination in rescuing his men in both parties has become the stuff of legend.
Read more on our website at www.nzaht.org/pages/history-of-other-expeditions-cape-evans. 
Follow the Weddell Sea Expedition at weddellseaexpedition.org/.
#weddellseaexpedition2019 #endurance #shackleton #explore #discover #Antarctica #conserve
Photos: Canterbury Museum, Antarctic Heritage Trust
Meet our 2019 #InspiringExplorers joining us on our expedition to the Antarctic Peninsula

Auckland-based Leah is a freelance camera operator and photographer, and works as a disability support worker.

In 2017, at age 22, Leah made a life-altering decision to donate her left kidney to a school friend who had end-stage renal failure. This was one item on a bucket list for life she wrote when she was 16. Travel to Antarctica is another item on her list she is excited to soon complete.

Her inspirational YouTube channel @wheelywackyadventures combines both her passions, with the vlog series following the thrill-seeking adventures Leah has with her best friend Alicia, who was born with cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair.

Leah’s short film ‘The Voice’ screened at film festivals both in New Zealand and internationally, and won three international awards.

We are thrilled to have Leah on board capturing footage of the expedition and look forward to sharing it! Give her a follow  @leahcreative 
#explore #discover #Antarctica #InspiringExplorers2019 #antarcticpeninsula #kayaking #frontier @oneoceanexp
It is with much excitement that we can now announce the team that will be heading to the Antarctic Peninsula next month on our 2019 Inspiring Explorers' Expedition with Olympic kayaker @mrmikedawson ! 
Joining Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate (SEHC) Year 13 students Lana Kiddie-Vai and Mele Fetu'u will be their PE teacher Caragh Doherty, along with Leah Stewart, Marco de Kretser, Alexander Hillary, Georgie Archibald and Rosanna Price. 
Read more about the Inspiring Explorers here: bit.lyIEE19team. 
Following the expedition, we are looking forward to these inspiring young people sharing their stories, and inspiring others to explore the world around them. 
Keep an eye on our channels for all the latest in the lead up to this once in a lifetime journey! 
#explore #discover #Antarctica #conservation #InspiringExplorers2019 #antarcticpeninsula @oneoceanexp