Using the special gear and field equipment provided by Oceanwide (tents, wind and waterproof bivouac bags) , we will have an exciting, intensive ‘open air’ camping experience in the Antarctic wilderness. The shelter will protect us from the elements during the night in the open air of Antarctica and hopefully the polar sleeping bags will provide enough warmth during the night.
This is a more strenuous activity for those who wish to walk beyond the shore radius in order to reach higher grounds and view points. We will walk in rope parties under the leadership of a certified mountain guide across glaciated environment in Antarctica with 6 mountaineers per rope party. Special glacier equipment will be provided: ropes and carabiners, harnesses, helmets, ice axes and crampons. Participants will use their own personal protective outdoor clothing, mountaineering boots (leather or plastic) suitable for using crampons. A qualified mountain guide and assistant will supervise and guide the activity at all times.
We aim at one or two hikes during morning or afternoon landings though the final decision on those hiking options will be dependent on weather conditions and will be made by the Expedition Leader on the day of the excursion.
We also plan to take as many kayaking trips as weather conditions allow. This will test our basic kayaking experience and test our physical fitness. As always the final decision will be taken by the Expedition Leader. Oceanwide provides kayaks, neoprene wet suits, booties and gloves.Of course, kayaking is subject to weather and prevailing ice conditions.
We hope to put the training experienced in Ski Dubai to good use walking in snowshoes on the snow-covered hills and mountains we will find around us. Snowshoe walking is straightforward and does not require any advanced technical skills. Although the snowshoes have ” big teeth” it is easier and safer to walk on snow surfaces. Snowshoes will be provided to everyone on board.