• INSPIRING EXPLORERS’ EXPEDITION 2019

    Antarctic Peninsula

    March 2-17

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I believe it is in our nature to explore…to reach out into the unknown.

Sir Ernest Shackleton

Connecting young people with the spirit of exploration

What are Inspiring Explorers’ Expeditions?

Antarctic Heritage Trust is a New Zealand-based charity with a vision of inspiring explorers. Through its mission to conserve, share and encourage the spirit of exploration, the Trust cares for the remarkable expedition bases of early Antarctic explorers including Scott, Shackleton and Hillary.

The Trust’s Inspiring Explorers’ Expeditions aim to provide opportunities for young people to experience Antarctica and connect them with the legacy of polar exploration. These expeditions engage people with the legacy and spirit of exploration, inspiring a new generation of explorers.

The Trust is providing an opportunity of a lifetime in March 2019 for a group of young people from New Zealand to participate in a ten day expedition off the Antarctic Peninsula. The expedition is heavily sponsored and you will be expected to share your story to inspire others with the spirit of exploration.

This expedition follows on from the success of the Trust’s 2015 Inspiring Explorers’ Expedition crossing South Georgia Island via the Shackleton route, the 2017 Inspiring Explorers’ Expedition climbing Mt Scott on the Antarctic Peninsula, and recently the 2018 Inspiring Explorers’ Expedition to traverse the Greenland ice cap in honour of Fridtjof Nansen.

Where are we going?

The 2019 expedition will see us return to Antarctica. Participants will explore the Antarctic Peninsula by ship with the opportunity for kayak excursions in Antarctic waters with New Zealand Olympian Mike Dawson and expert guides. Travel via ship from South America across the famed Drake Passage with our partner One Ocean Expeditions.

Experience the spirit of the early polar explorers; a remarkable legacy the Trust cares for on behalf of humanity. Learn about the history of Antarctica, its wildlife, science and its importance to the world today.

When are we going?

The expedition will take place from 2 March to 17 March 2019; including travel time from New Zealand and back.

Our Inspiring Explorers will fly to Ushuaia, Argentina, from there they will embark on the voyage south to the Peninsula.

What does the expedition involve?

This expedition will provide up to five participants with the opportunity to explore Antarctica with Antarctic Heritage Trust and Mike Dawson (two-time Olympian and NZ kayak champion).

Expedition partners One Ocean Expeditions and Mike Dawson will lead guided kayaking journeys off a vessel through Antarctic waters.

There will be time to explore the Antarctic Peninsula, and see the marine mammals and wildlife unique to Antarctica. The expedition group may have the opportunity to camp overnight on the ice, however this will depend on weather conditions.

Highlights of this expedition include:

  • An opportunity to experience Antarctica!
  • An opportunity to explore the Antarctic Peninsula with expert guides
  • An opportunity for students to learn and develop new skills, such as kayaking
  • An opportunity to join Olympian Mike Dawson and One Ocean Expedition kayak guides for kayaking adventures off a vessel
  • A night camping on the ice (subject to conditions)
  • The chance to get out of your comfort zone and do something you’ve never done before

Why are we doing this expedition?

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.

Outreach Programme

Each Inspiring Explorer is expected to conceive and deliver an outreach programme. The focus is on sharing the experience to inspire others to explore.

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!”

We will announce our Inspiring Explorers’ team in February 2019 – keep an eye out!

Outside my comfort zone

After some time for reflection following the completion the mammoth crossing of the Greenland ice cap, we caught up with Hollie Woodhouse to hear her perspective on the expedition, the biggest challenges she faced, and what she learned about herself through the experience… What was your favourite part of the trip? The last day was […]

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Since the #InspiringExplorers2018 Expedition crossing the Greenland ice cap, @brandoyelavichexplorer , New Zealand’s own ‘Wildboy’, has continued to explore and inspire!
Brando says he returned from Greenland with a new perspective and ideas for his next expedition:
“I’m a bit like that, always planning the next big thing. The first few weeks home we mostly spent in the mountains, climbing and skiing. (I know what you’re thinking – even I was surprised that I wasn’t sick of the snow!)
On the ice I had dreamed up this idea to kayak around Vancouver Island with my partner. It would be our first expedition together! We trained, got the gear we needed, and set off! 70 days paddling 1390km on the coastline amongst bears, wolves, whales, and so much more, ended with us completing our planned adventure and both gaining a genuine connection to nature and all of the life in it!”
#neverstopexploring Wildboy!
Keep an eye out for ‘In Nansen’s Footsteps’ coming soon – the short film from Brando and the Inspiring Explorers’ epic crossing of the Greenland ice cap will be released online next week!
#staytuned #explore #discover #InNansensFootsteps #InspiringExplorers #InspiringExplorers2018 #PolarFilmFest2019 @lumixnz @kathmandugear @ouslandexplorers @goproanz
Wow! Check out this latest teaser for ‘In Nansen’s Footsteps’ created by #InspiringExplorer Keith Parsons!
We can’t wait for the premiere at @the_explorers_club Polar Film Fest later this month – and then to share the full short film online.
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.
#staytuned #explore #discover #InNansensFootsteps #InspiringExplorers #InspiringExplorers2018 @lumixnz  @kathmandugear  @ouslandexplorers  @goproanz
Our epic upcoming short film 'In Nansen's Footsteps' was filmed by #inspiringexplorer Keith Parsons during our 2018 Inspiring Explorers' Expedition to cross the Greenland ice cap. Filmed while Keith and the team battled hurricane conditions and well-below freezing temperatures to capture the journey, we are so excited to share the final product online later this month! 
Since Greenland, photographer and videographer Keith has dived headfirst back into his job at Oxfam tackling poverty around the world. With some exciting running and riding projects on the horizon for 2019 he's also been getting out and about in the mountains in Victoria, exploring and pushing the physical limits. 
Keith says that “Greenland lives on with me and there are not many days where I don't find myself dreaming of the white plains of the ice cap or the rest of the crew and wishing we were out there.” #staytuned #explore #discover #InNansensFootsteps #InspiringExplorers #InspiringExplorers2018 #PolarFilmFest2019 @Ousland Explorers @GoPro @The Explorers Club
With the upcoming release of our short film ‘In Nansen’s Footsteps’ we thought we’d share an update on what our #inspiringexplorers2018 have been up to since their Greenland adventure.

Since taking on the Greenland ice cap, founder of Say Yes to Adventure Magazine Hollie’s passion to inspire others has shone through, with Hollie in hot demand as an inspirational speaker. She has spoken at corporate functions, schools, festivals and more. Topics include motivation, performance, achievement, resilience, adventure, courage, confidence, self-belief and most importantly, the power of ‘Do vs Dream’. Go Holly!

She has also been keeping busy training for the @Kathmandu Coast to Coast, despite breaking her wrist!

#staytuned #explore #discover #InNansensFootsteps #InspiringExplorers #InspiringExplorers2018 #PolarFilmFest2019 @lumixnz @kathmandugear @ouslandexplorers @goproanz @the_explorers_club
Our on-ice team had a very special delivery back to Antarctica this season... We are delighted to announce that the Antarctic Heritage Trust has returned a 111-year old Speight’s barrel to Shackleton’s Hut at Cape Royds in Antarctica, which was home to Sir Ernest Shackleton’s historic ‘Nimrod’ expedition in 1908.

The carefully reconstructed beer barrel was originally donated to Shackleton by New Zealand brewer Speight’s in 1907.

Read more here: bit.ly/AHTspeightsbarrel #conserve #discover #antarctica
‘In Nansen’s Footsteps’ will be premiering at the @the_explorers_club Polar Film Festival later this month in New York! We are so thrilled to have our short film included in this prestigious festival.

We will make the full film available online - check out this awesome teaser in the meantime (by #InspiringExplorer Keith Parsons), and keep an eye out for more over the coming weeks as we revisit the Greenland Expedition and check in on our Inspiring Explorers @adventuresofawildchild, @brandoyelavichexplorer, @holliewoodhouse, and @keith.l.parsons.

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.

#staytuned #explore #discover #InNansensFootsteps #InspiringExplorers #InspiringExplorers2018 @lumixnz @kathmandugear @ouslandexplorers @goproanz
Coming soon... We're excited to announce a brand new short film, ‘In Nansen’s Footsteps’ will be released online later this month.

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.

Keep an eye out for teaser clips of this amazing story over the coming weeks in the lead up to the release. #staytuned #explore #discover #InNansensFootsteps #InspiringExplorers #InspiringExplorers2018

@lumixnz @kathmandugear @ouslandexplorers @goproanz
Today we remember 'The Boss', Sir Ernest Shackleton, who died suddenly #onthisday in 1922 at the age of 47, aboard the ship Quest. On the subject of life, Shackleton once remarked... "Life to me is the greatest of all games. The danger lies in treating it as a trivial game, a game to be taken lightly, and a game in which the rules don't matter much. The rules matter a great deal. The game has to be played fairly or it is no game at all. And even to win the game is not the chief end. The chief end is to win it honorably and splendidly." #explore #discover #Antarctica #Shackleton #theboss 
Photo credit: Canterbury Museum​
Terra Nova Expedition member and photographer Herbert Ponting captured this incredible image of a grotto in an iceberg, with the Terra Nova visible in the background, in January 1911. 
#explore #discover #Antarctica #TBT 
Photo credit: Herbert Ponting, Royal Geographical Society

Running into old friends (sort of)

From Bengt: Long and nice day. Sunny and no wind. Today we walked 11 hours and some. That gave us 34.7km! We followed the tracks from yesterday, bumped into the camp of our English friends just before the last leg. We silently passed since it looked like they already had gone to bed. We skied another 3-4km before setting up camp Conditions are gettin’ better minute by minute, right now actually not too bad. Going to bed now at 15 minutes to 0200.

 

Snowblindness

Snowblindness is just one of the things the team want to avoid in Greenland. Snowblindness is a temporary loss of vision caused by the sun’s rays – think of it like sunburn of the eyeballs!

Of course the Inspiring Explorers have sunglasses and protective goggles to protect their eyes, but things were different for Nansen’s expedition. The use of sunglasses have been documented as early as the 18th century, however they were not widely popular until the 1920s. While the explorers had primitive spectacles, they mostly utilised Inuit snow goggles. Made from wood or walrus ivory, the goggles had thin horizontal slots cut into them that limited the amount of sun exposure.

The goggles did not provide protection though, and Nansen documented having to apply cocaine drops to Samuel Balto’s eyes when he was struck with snowblindness. This is an early documented use of the drug. It would later be used by Shackleton’s Nimrod Expedition, and Scott’s Terra Nova Expedition for the same purpose.

 

Whiteout

From Bengt: As predicted, it was whiteout in the morning. Almost no wind and the sun was trying to get through the clouds.

In the middle of the day we found tracks from another team, which we followed. We did around 9 hours and got 27.3km. It cleared up in the end of the day.