Antarctica 2016-2017

img_7940Antarctic Mountaineering – Sea kayaking – Zodiac Cruises and more! 

From the 14th of December to the 11th of January I will be working off a ship – MV Plancius – taking guests climbing each day.  We change locations daily and get to see incredible wildlife and experience the beauty and majesty of the Antarctic Polar region.

I’ll try to post on a regular basis but images may not readily forth coming as the system I use connect is via SAT PHONE and is restrictive on Data.

Trip 1 – 17 DEC 2016 to 9th January 2017
Trip 2 –  6th March to 16th March 2017

Current Position – follow us on our voyage
The VHF Positioning system isn’t working when we are more than 150 km from shore however OCEANWIDE has a GPS system  – us the link below!

OCEANWIDE EXPEDITIONS – SHIP TRACKING SYSTEM

Antarctic Peninsula – March 3rd to 17th

Antarctic Peninsula – March 3rd to 17th

Its time for the final Journey for the 2016/17 season to the Antarctic Peninsula to start again.  I’m currently sitting back in Hotel Rosa de Los Vientos waiting for the MV PLANCIUS to arrive tonight / tomorrow. The remainder of the expedition staff arrive tonight and we will board early in the morning to get […]

Final Days in Antarctica for January 2017.

Final Days in Antarctica for January 2017.

New Year’s Day – Jabet Peak

We seem to be in the middle of an incredible spell of fine calm and clear weather. The seas have been glassy with essentially no wind and clear over night ( not much ‘night’ though ) gave us a great freeze We were able to get a small team teasingly close to the summit of […]

New Years Eve – Antarctica

New Years Eve – Antarctica

To say today was incredible is both a cliche and an understatement. Late last night as we approached the peninsula the sea glassed off – no winds and glassy still water. Waking up this morning as we approached Georges point was simply stunning. Again we had no wind – the seas were calm and the […]

Crossing the Drake – Day 1 and 2

Crossing the Drake – Day 1 and 2

We”re now into our second day of the Drake Crossing. This is now my 5th crossing of the drake and it is by FAR the calmest and warmest I have seen. Yesterday we had squalls and rain with the occasional flurry of snow and the bow spray would occasionally freeze before it slammed into the […]

Ushuaia Update

Ushuaia Update

We’re now back in the amazing port town of Ushuaia – I ‘ve got the chance to do a few updates with high res images before we head south again in a few hours with a complete set of new pasengers.   The last few days have been pretty good with some amazing climbing – […]

EXP 1- Final Days and Sailing North

EXP 1- Final Days and Sailing North

We’ve completed our first trip south to the peninsula and are now on the way back to Ushuaia to pick up more passengers to do a quick turn around and come down south again. The ship has changed from a being a hot bed of frenetic activity, with the crew staff and passengers moving about […]

Down on the Peninsula

Down on the Peninsula

Our Voyage down was reasonably calm with only a moderate swell and NW winds. The Plancius arrived in Antarctica during the early morning of the 20th. By the time the passengers were up and awake we were sitting of Couverville Island – a small outcropping on the edge of the Antarctic Continent. Snow conditions at […]

Departure from Ushuaia – The Drake Passage

The Plancius has set sail from Ushuaia. After taking on new stores and provisions, bunkering ( refuelling process) and embarking the new passengers, the Planciusleft Ushuaia at approx 6 pm We’ve now left the Beagle Channel and are out in the Drake Passage and enroute to the Antarctic Peninsula The weather is pretty good with […]

MV Plancius – Tracking the Ship

MV Plancius – Tracking the Ship

This is the tracking page for the Antarctic Expeditions – however it has also been added to the main expedition page as well.  You can either bookmark this page or follow the link below to the main page where all the expedition updates will be shown. MAIN ANTARCTIC EXPEDITION PAGE

Final leg to Ushuaia

Final leg to Ushuaia

To pass the time waiting for flying guys,  here are a few images from last years  trip that have been turned into paintings. I’m currently sitting in the Domestic Terminal in Buenos Aires waiting for the flight to Ushuaia where I will join with the MV Plancius Enjoy

Summer Guiding NZ / Antarctica and Nepal 2017 – Back in NZ … Briefly!

Summer Guiding NZ / Antarctica and Nepal 2017 – Back in NZ … Briefly!

With NZ currently in the grip of a strong disturbed westerly flow its feeling good to be re-gathering after returning from Nepal and the Cholatse Expedition rather than rushing back into the mountains to work.

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