South Georgia Traverse 2016
Those following on Shackleton's footsteps will depart the ship at King Haakon Bay by zodiac and transferred to the beach. The crossing starts with an ascent of the Murray Snowfield to the Trident Ridge, at this point we will no doubt camp for the night. From here the team will descend to the Crean Glacier and make its way towards the nunatak that marks camp 2. The views back towards the trident are impressive and cameras should be at the ready! From the nunatak camp the team will cross Fortuna Glacier roped up for safety to Breakwind Pass, a possible camp 3, before descending to Fortuna Bay. Depending on progress, we will move directly to Fortuna Bay and camp.
The ship will meet the team at Fortuna Bay and, weather permitting, pick up most of the equipment allowing us to make the final trek to the Stromness whaling station with light backpacks. If conditions are favourable passengers from the ship will join the crossers for the final trek known as the “Shackleton Walk”. From here we will sail to Grytviken to pay our respects to Shackleton and his men.
The South Georgia Traverse is a self-supported expedition for people who are eager to push themselves physically and mentally. With the right training the traverse can be taken on by novices. All traverse trekkers will be expected to attend a training weekend during 2016.