About Mal Haskins

Hi - My name is Mal Haskins - I'm a New Zealand based IFMGA / NZMGA International Ski and Mountain Guide

Georges Point – Spigot Peak

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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 […]

Crossing the Drake

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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 […]

Antarctica 2018 – Joining Ortelious

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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 […]

Acclimation Chukung Ri and moving to Basecamp

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Yesterday we spent the best part of the late morning and early afternoon climbing and scrambling our way to the summit of Chukung Ri. This small peak stands just near 5550m and is dwarfed by the looming south faces of Nuptse and Lhotse. It’s commonly used for acclimatisation for crossing the high pass to Lobuje […]