Last fall, I lived a dream. A dream that involved skiing in Antarctica, and for all those that followed along (link to trip reports HERE), you know that it was an experience of a lifetime. Well, for those that are interested, know that Doug Stoup and IceAxe.TV are indeed offering not only one, but FOUR ski expeditions to the white continent this fall of 2010. So start saving your pennies!!!!!
Some of the details are still being worked out, but one of the trips will be much like last years, a large expedition aboard the Russian cruise ship Vavilov. It will be for 13 days/12 nights, and will include a kayaking option for those that might not want to ski. (What’s wrong with these people!) From experience, my guess is that the cost of this trip will range from $5,000-$10,000 (plus airfare), depending on your accommodations on the ship. Like last year’s, this trip will most likely sell out and dates are still being finalized.
The three other expeditions to Antarctica will be more unique adventures for those that can afford it and will include the use of the Australis, the small ship that Chris Davenport used for his month long trip last year. Each expedition will include 8 clients and 2 guides and will provide a unique ski mountaineering experience with the opportunity to accomplish a lot of objectives. The trip will cost $18,000 and will connect through Ushuaia (Argentina), Punta Arenas (Chile) and King George Island, which is located in the South Shetland Islands off the coast of the Antarctic Peninsula. As with any Antarctic travel, itineraries must be flexible due to weather and ice conditions, and clients mush arrive at the starting destination 2 days prior to the departure date. Dates and itineraries are as follows:
- Nov. 12th-25th (Sail In/Fly Out)
Sail out of Ushuaia on the 12th and fly back to Punta Arenas, via King George
Island on the 25th…where you will then return to your home destination.
- Nov 25th-Dec 5th (Fly In/Fly Out)
Fly from Punta Arenas to King George Island on the 25th where you will meet
the Australis. Return from King George Island to Punta Arenas on the 5th.
- Dec 5th-Dec 19th (Fly In/Sail Out)
Fly in from Punta Arenas to King George Island to meet the boat
on the 5th, and sail back to Ushuaia…returning to port on the 19th.
I’m unsure if I will be able to make this trip happen for myself again, but it sure would be nice. Please contact IceAxe.tv at (530) 582-1246 if you have any interest or questions regarding these trips…or leave them in the comments section and I will do my best to answer them.