"A small walk across Antarctica" Antarctica by Ekahau

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Antarctica -

"I felt as though I had been plumped upon another planet or into another geologic horizon of Which man had no knowledge or memory."---
Richard Evelyn Byrd.

Flying down the Antarctic Peninsula there are towering mountains that rise abruptly out of the sea, shrouded with thick glaciers. The sea is alive in icebergs of fanciful shape and impossible hue floating on glossy waters, like rough-cut diamonds scattered by a giant unseen hand. Antarctica's ethereal landscape shimmers with a savage beauty and raw power that exceeded the expectations of even a jaded traveler like me.

The President Frei base I visited is home to 500 people year around with a small clinic, a bank, store, church all in bright orange as to not get lost in white: A small town on the ice really. In this most elemental
of environments, a vast array of wildlife, impressive in its sheer variety and numbers The wildlife is astonishing, given the frozen, unforgiving landscape that harbors it, millions of penguins, thousands of seals, whales, and countless seabirds.

Antarctica is magic and profoundly affecting this lucky traveler.

Next stop Patroit Hills

The Birth of a Weddell seal

I found a mother and pup a few meters offshore lying in a very nice worm spot in the sunshine. The baby seal pup had just been born and was so cute. Sorry but even this jaded VT traveler, let slip the odd "Aaa". Now Giampiero on the other hand with his reporter background could have with no question handled this situation in a proper stoic scientific manner. The mother seemed totally unconcerned at our interest in her pup.

The baby seal pup reluctantly rolled her head at me and peaked out of one of his sooooo big eyes. Padding his soft cute belly with the front of his flipper he stared at me, in a take it or leave it way, going up and down with her eyes before just rolling over and going back to sleep.

Kind of like that wonderful page on VT up for a year and only two view one of those events that keep you humble.

A long walk south

Aurora Australis is just a beautiful looking south as Aurora Borealis is looking north

The World's Second South Pole Marathon
'Adventure Network International has been taking travelers into the Antarctic interior for over fifteen years. Some have searched for peace and tranquility. Others went seeking a buzz they had never experienced before. Adventure Network International has always been pioneering and individualistic, but this time it?s different.
After being flown to approximately 89.5?S, where a flagged route of 26.2 miles extends to the South Pole, competitors will make history as they make miles. The hushed, indomitable land surrounding runners will provide the backdrop. True groundbreaking adventure and pure exhilaration provide the driving force.
The team will be flown into Antarctica on a Hercules C-130. A few days of preparation at Adventure Network International?s Patriot Hills base camp precedes the flight to the starting line. Organization will be thorough and careful, with runners? safety and comfort the most crucial focus of the event. Manned stop points will be carefully placed en-route, along with a spirited audience. The end of the Marathon will be followed by photo sessions at the ceremonial Pole, then some days? relaxation and celebration back at Patriot Hills. Soon after, the victorious group will depart from Antarctica and fly back to reality, to the welcoming arms of family and friends and the admiration of their home countries.
This will be an intense contest. Competitors need to be fit, strong and determined. A desire for radical challenge and an attitude that will take you to the extreme are essential.
Journey Highlights:
World's first South Pole marathon to take place on, January 8 or 9th (weather permitting)
Antarctic slide show and presentation including information on your flight South, the weather situation and what to expect on your arrival in Antarctica as well as historical information about the South Pole
Fly over Tierra del Fuego, the southernmost area in Chile
See the spectacular Ellsworth Mountains, the highest range in Antarctica
After the run, if time and logistics permit, you will be given a guided tour of the South Pole station
Duration: 9 Days
Price From: $25,000
Details
Departure Dates: January 3 or Jan 4 every year.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:very cold
  • Cons:very cold
  • In a nutshell:very cold
  • Last visit to Antarctica: Jan 1998
  • Intro Updated Jun 12, 2007
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  • wise23girl's Profile Photo
    Apr 12, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    I guess much of this info is still current. I have also read Globetrotts page. David wants to go to Antarctica.....maybe we have left it a bit late in life. I am a bit scared of being seasick across Drakes Passage.

    • Ekahau's Profile Photo
      Apr 12, 2013 at 4:44 PM

      t takes about two days to cross the Drake Passage and the sea can be rough for sure I flew from Southern Chile to the President Frei base.

  • kiwi's Profile Photo
    Jan 15, 2009 at 2:22 PM

    Summertime in Antarctica, it must be nice down there right now :-)

  • littlesam1's Profile Photo
    Sep 28, 2007 at 8:26 AM

    Fantastic page. I was wowed by the pictures.

  • Kristymamoo's Profile Photo
    Jul 18, 2007 at 9:10 AM

    Your pages have been wonderful but I've particularly loved this one - especially the nightlife!! An experience I would love the opportunity to have, thanks for sharing. Kristy :-)

  • Luchonda's Profile Photo
    Jul 7, 2007 at 9:28 AM

    Fantastic views !!!!!, must have been special to visit this part of the world

  • craic's Profile Photo
    Jun 30, 2007 at 7:02 AM

    gee - that is a lot of money to be very cold - or eaten by a leoprad seal

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Jun 12, 2007 at 10:25 AM

    Hi, Paul! Your stories are exciting indeed! Glad 2B your VT friend!

  • roamer61's Profile Photo
    Jun 9, 2007 at 6:20 AM

    Great page. Wonderful photos. Good tips for anyone who can scrounge the money to afford a adventure to the last continent. AMNH Expeditions has a 25 day expedition for $11,450 USD.

  • NeverBeenThere's Profile Photo
    May 11, 2007 at 11:22 PM

    hi there paul.. its summer here in my country...and its so HOT! i just envy the 3 guys up there w/ their COOL POSE! lol... goodtimes!

  • Feb 23, 2007 at 10:27 AM

    Great site....great pics.. Keep an eye out for my site for another way to visit and see this great southern white mass of ice... a tall ship...yes...sailing in a ship built in 1911 to Cape Town via Antarctica, Sth Georgia and Tristan da Cunha. Cheers !!!

Ekahau

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