Check back soon for updated information on trip dates and berth availability. In the meantime – enjoy the slide show and blogs posts below.
The Antarctic is a truly magical place to visit.
The weather on our last day in Antarctic waters was not very suitable for mountaineering. Our objective for the day would have meant that we needed to take a zodiac across 5km or so of open water in 25 knts of wind and driving rain. Less than ideal. Instead the Mountaineering team were able to […]
Foyn Harbour The weather caused us to change plans this morning – we were eying up a climb of Jabet Peak in Dorian Bay but the strong winds and approaching snow storm told us that we had better relocate further to the north. So instead we devised a plan to head onto a small island […]
Morning – Petermann Island. It had snowed again overnight and the morning was cold – the mountaineering team departed for the North East corner of Peterman island where we first had to get ashore! After making shore via a narrow cleft in the rocks and gaining the snowfield the we changed our boot and got […]
Morning – Neko Point The views were again incredible as we approached Neko Point – as we arrived we could see our route which makes its way up the broad shoulder to a large rock buttress. We need to come ashore and walk gently past the Gentoo’s penguins who were very inquisitive about our […]
Morning – Georges Point After 2 days of sea crossing we awoke with excitement to see the shores of Antarctica. The weather in the weeks earlier had been warm and wet but as we crossed the Drake Passage a cold storm had brought fresh snow to the Peninsula giving the mountains and glaciers we could […]
Its been a few days now since we actually crossed the Drake passage on our way down to the Antarctic Peninsula but its been so busy I’ve not had time to send any updates. The drake was actually very benign as we sailed down – it was only a 2-3 m swell with a following […]
Ortelious arrived in Ushuaia early this morning and by 8 am the joining expedition staff were all in the van to take us to the Port. This year I’m working with fellow NZMGA/IFMGA Mountain Guide – Andy (Frog) Taylor. Joining the ship as staff is not just a simple case of turning up and stowing […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 – […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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
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
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.