Expedition Updates

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Virtual Event Calendar

We might not be out exploring at the moment but have many VIRTUAL ways of expanding your horizon and feeding your need for adventure. Check out the list of virtual events below:

Thursday, May 28th
What: Virtual Polar Training
Where: Zoom (click here)
When: 2PM Chicago Time 
Description: With this Virtual Training, you'll add some unique skills and best practices to your adventure toolkit and ensure a better experience on your next cold weather adventure. The "Shakedown" Polar Training was first conceived as a litmus test for extreme cold weather expedition readiness, but it’s so much more than that. The Shakedown is not just for folks who dream of tackling an extreme cold weather expedition. It’s for anyone with a sense of adventure and an appetite for outdoor fun! 

 

PREVIOUS EVENTS

Thursday, May 21st
What: How to be a Hotshot Cold Weather Photographer
Where: Zoom (click here)
When: 2PM Chicago Time 
Description: Learn how to take stunning pictures that actually convey the adventure stories you want them to! We’ll admire the portfolios and pick the brains of two expedition tested photographers about how to take high quality photos in challenging cold environments. Whether you’re an old pro or a beginner, you’ll come away with a deeper understanding of how to shoot great photographs in extreme conditions..

Thursday, May 14th 

What: Armchair Expeditions: Full South Pole MESSNER ROUTE
Where: Zoom (click here)
When: 2PM Chicago Time 
Description: Imagine a 40+ day trek/expedition in Antarctica that begins on the coast and ends at the South Pole. Struggles. Triumphs. Otherworldly beauty. Epic adventure. The most remote place on earth. May 14, on Zoom: Join expedition filmmaker Ian Evans and PolarExplorers guide Keith Heger for a thrilling recap of their 2014-15 ski trek expedition to the South Pole along the famously challenging Messner Route. This is a wild one!

Thursday, May 7th
What: Shackleton's Crossing of South Georgia Island (and our own!)
Where: Zoom (click here)
When: 6PM Chicago Time 
Description: Join PolarExplorers guide and director Annie Aggens and she shares the story (with wonderful images) of Shackleton's historic 1914-1917 "Endurance" expedition. You'll learn all about this incredible, almost hard-to-believe story and you'll learn how you can walk in the footsteps of this amazing explorer. 

Tuesday, May 5th
What: Shackleton's Crossing of South Georgia Island (and our own!)
Where: Zoom (recording coming soon)
When: 2 PM Chicago Time / 7 PM London Time
Description: Join PolarExplorers guide and director Annie Aggens and she shares the story (with wonderful images) of Shackleton's historic 1914-1917 "Endurance" expedition. You'll learn all about this incredible, almost hard-to-believe story and you'll learn how you can walk in the footsteps of this amazing explorer. 

Friday, May 1st
What: Polar Opposites (see description below)
Watch a recording here!
When: 2 PM Chicago time
Description: Join PolarExplorers guides for a Friday Happy Hour Debate as we discuss outdoor topics that have two or more sides. Check back soon to see this week's topics.

Thursday, April 30th
What: Story Time With Our Guides: Tentbound!
Description: Anyone feeling a sense of confinement or isolation these days? We feel that struggle. Wild conditions can force expeditioners to retreat to the tiny safe haven of their tents for days on end. This Thursday at 2 PM CST we’ll relive our most memorable “tentbound” stories. We’d love to hear yours too.

Friday, April 24, 2020
What: Polar Opposites (see description below)
Watch a recording here!
Description: Join PolarExplorers guides as we debate topics that have two or more sides. This session we will be discussing Wool vs. Synthetic Clothing, Toilet Paper vs. Snowballs (for winter bathroom needs), and Canoeing vs. Kayaking 

Thursday April 17, 2020
What: North Pole In A Nutshell
Where: Instagram Live (recording coming soon)
Description: Join PolarExplorers guide and director Annie Aggens and she shares the top Five things that most people don't know about the North Pole. 

Another Year of Waiting: Polar Poetry Slam

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"Another year of waiting!"
 
It's a call many a polar explorer has cried when his plans turned out different than hoped. Usually it was the fault of the ice. Grabbing the sides of a ship and locking it like a vise. Bound to their floating homes and forced to "shelter in place" expeditions often spent two or three years, sometimes more, before being set free. Keeping spirits high and avoiding the dark thoughts of uncertainty was a top priority. Many of them turned to poetry, plays and other creative outlets to survive the tedium and to remain hopeful.
 
"Under circumstances of inactivity such as we were now placed in, and with every prospect of its continuance for a very large portion of a year, I was desirous of finding some amusement for the men during this long and tedious interval..." (Admiral William Parry, from deep in the Northwest Passage, 1819)
 
It is in that vein that we welcome you to our Polar Poetry Slam!  Please enjoy these lines of verse - and PLEASE SEND US YOUR OWN! (they cannot be worse....) Submit your contributions (to be published here) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or comment via Facebook here.

2020 North Pole Last Degree Teams!

 We'd like to introduce you to our 2020 North Pole Last Degree Teams! These international teams will kick off their various expeditions on April 6 and April 15 in Longyearbyen, Norway. Check back again soon as more teams and participants will be added. Make sure to bookmark our blog to read the daily updates and listen to the daily audio dispatches!

Vinson Team Back to Civilization

Keith and Brian are safely back in Punta Arenas and have spent their first night in three weeks in a real bed! All that's left between them and home is some minor gear organizing, a thorough body washing, and a couple flights back to North America... I'd like to pass along our team's thanks to everyone who took the time to follow the expedition. Both the Last Degree ski and Vinson teams were more cheerful knowing there were people out there following along. 

If you're interested in following more of our expeditions, check back in this April for a full season of North Pole adventures! Until then, we're signing off.

Still Stranded at Vinson Base

The good weather they were waiting for today did not arrive, so as of this evening the team is still socked in at Vinson Base Camp. There is another potential opening tomorrow, but we'll just have to wait and see. In other news, tragedy struck yesterday evening when they ran out of rum. Details on this event are still forthcoming, but we aren't sure how many more days Keith and Brian can last without a resupply of libations.

Check back in tomorrow for an update on their travel schedule out of Vinson and on to Punta Arenas.

 

Subcategories

South Pole & Emperor Penguins

This blog features the daily activities of our South Pole & Emperor Penguin Expedition December 6-16, 2016.

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