It was the trip of a lifetime and I'm gonna come back. We are on the ship Clipper Adventure returning to Ushuaia and the 71 skiers have bonded in quite a unique way. I feel so lucky to have met so many aboard, to have seen see their slide shows and hear about the amazing things they have done. Andrew McLean is a world renowned ski mountaineer who has done so many descents all over the world. His slide show was about as good as it gets. I was humbled to be able to hang out with Glen Poulsen and listen to some of the things he has done in the Sierra Nevada. I hope I get to see him on one of his trips through the Alps. I just traded back packs with Dana! How cool is that? Maybe he can come up with the ultimate ABS/ski mountaineers back pack I have been searching for these past few years. Tero Repo took some amazing photos. Look out for his soon to be published photos in every snowboard magazine known to mankind! Guido Perrini is the man behind the lens in many hot new ski/board films. There were so many other characters, that I can't list them all. But it simply was the trip of a lifetime. Doug Stoup and Karen Stanley worked for 2 years to put this together. Doug is THE polar guy who has gone more that a few times to both poles with clients from all over the world. That he and Karen were able to pull this off so well speaks volumes about the organization. With a few of his friends, amateur and professional mountain guides and a few extremely accomplished ski alpinists, he chartered this entire ship from Quark Expeditions, to take just over 70 skiers onto the wild and untouched slopes of the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula. I hope I get the chance to come back with a few of you to discover more of what Antarctic ski touring has to offer. And being able to spend a bit more time with Jeremy Jones and Xavier De Le Rue was a blast. We are all aboard the ship Clipper Adventure heading back to Ushuaia after a more than memorable visit to Antarctica. Doug Stoup and Karen have worked for 2 years to put together this trip of a lifetime. With a few of his friends, amateur and professional mountain guides and a few extremely accomplished ski alpinists, he chartered this entire ship from Quark Expeditions to take just over 100 skiers onto the wild and untouched slopes of the South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula.
We have just had two wonderful days, ski touring and filming on the Antarctica Peninsula. It was just mind boggling, as we skimmed over the ocean surface in our zodiac to our landing site. There was so much to take in, I didn't know in which direction to point my camera. We have been working hard, getting footage for the film crew. As a result, I have not been able to get many wildlife photos. Hopefully later in the week. The ship we are on, Clipper Adventure, and her crew, could not be better. We are in the lap of luxury as we weave our way through the islands of the Peninsula. It is just so surreal, dining on yummy food while watching glaciers and outrageous ski mountaineering sites glide by in front of you. This place is HUGE, with enough touring potential to last a few life times! Doug said Greenland was like Alaska on steroids. Well Antarctica is like Greenland on steroids. Travel on the glaciers is like any other, except the ice is 5 times thinker than that of Greenland.