During the Austral summer, our team will sea kayak the length of the Antarctic peninsula. The expedition will start near the northern end of the Gerlache Strait and make its way south towards the Antarctic Circle.
Along the way, we will conduct scientific observations and data collection, including UAS flights and remote weather station deployments. See the Science page for more information on the science we will be conducting.
Although Antarctica is very remote and has no native population, there are many small research stations and field camps. We will attempt to visit as many of these facilities as possible (with proper prior arrangements). Along our intended route, we hope to stop at:
− President Gabriel Gonzalez Videla Base (Chile)
− Brown Base (Argentina)
− Vernadsky Base (Ukraine)
− Palmer Station (USA)
− Port Lockroy (Great Britain)
− Primavera (Argentina)
The initial goal will be to paddle around 15 - 25 kilometers per day. Each day will be planned using the best available information, however the team will remain flexible to changing circumstances. Once the team has acclimated to the boats and conditions, we will increase our daily distance.
The route is broken up into three segments: Primavera to Vernadsky (orange), Vernadsky to the Antarctic Circle (purple) and Vernadsky back to the upper Gerlache Strait (red). The entire journey will cover approximately 1000 kilometers.
To get to Antarctica, the team will embark on an Expedition Support boat, the S/V Icebird, and sail across the Drake Passage to the Antarctic Peninsula.
The transit should take two to four days and will involve crossing some of the worst seas in the world.
Luckily, Icebird is a capable, proven oceangoing vessel that will deliver the team to their starting point safely.
The boats themselves will be expedition class ocean kayaks, with ample storage for all of our gear and food, plus each boat will be outfitted with data sensors and a solar charging system.