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Author Archives: Rolf Stange

The great crossing – March 4, 2017

Eleven days. Imagine eleven days. That is the time that went without us going on shore anywhere. And that was nothing unusual! We had visited McMurdo Base on February 28 and reached the Argentine Islands, just off the Antarctic Peninsula, … Continue reading

Ice – March 2nd, 2017

It was, by the way, not a spelling mistake that February 28 came twice in this blog. The date line. We have now left McMurdo Sound and the Ross Ice Shelf behind us and we have begun the long, long … Continue reading

Ross Ice Shelf – February 28th, 2017

We went around Ross Island during the night to arrive early morning at Cape Crozier, where Ross Island and the Ross Ice Shelf meet. These steep volcanic slopes are the place where Apsley Cherry-Garrards famous „Worst journey in the world“ … Continue reading

McMurdo Base – February 28th, 2017

It is such a thing with antarctic stations. They are interesting, they provide the world with significant knowledge. They are political, a display of power within the Antarctic Treaty System, always the flagg up in the wind. They are curious, … Continue reading

Cape Evans – February 27th, 2017

During the night, we reposition across the McMurdo Sound to Ross Island, aiming for Cape Evans on the foot of Mount Erebus. This is where Captain Scott had his hut built during his final expedition, with the famous ship Terra … Continue reading

The Dry Valleys – February 26th, 2017

Today is finally the days that sees us arriving in McMurdo Sound, a key area for our voyage. This is probably what most people think of when they imagine the Ross Sea. We hope to start with a place that … Continue reading

Franklin Island – February 25th, 2017

A wide belt of dense drift ice is stretching out into the Ross Sea from the coast south of the Terra Nova Bay. Much further than indicated by the satellite images. So we spent much more time navigating around the … Continue reading

Terra Nova Bay – February 24th, 2017

The distances are large also within in the Ross Sea, so we can dedicate the morning to some hours of rest. Nothing wrong about that. But then our hopes and expectations are rising, as we approach the western coast of … Continue reading

Possession Islands & Cape Hallet – February 23rd, 2017

Of course there was a growing urge to set foot on shore, but that had to wait for another while. We had been hoping for a Zodiac cruise at the Possession Islands, but it was definitely too windy to venture … Continue reading

Cap Adare – 22. Februar 2017

We have got a special mission at Cape Adare. We have got a grandgrandson of Nikolaj Hanson on board. Hanson was the zoologist of Borchgrevink’s expedition, which was the very first one ever to winter on antarctic ground, in 1899-1900. … Continue reading

At sea – February 18th-21st, 2017

The Southern Ocean does have a good reputation for bad reason. Talk about the furious fifties and the screaming sixties. That brings a couple of question marks regarding our wellbeing during the days of the crossing and the time frame. … Continue reading

Campbell Island – Februar 17, 2017

Yeah – we did go ashore, and not just a little bit! During the morning, Campbell Island came slowly out of the low clouds. A green, wild island in the middle of a grey, wild sea. The weather forecast gave … Continue reading

At sea – Februar 17, 2017

There is a fair and steady breeze blowing around the southernmost corner of New Zealand, the sun is shining, warmly and strongly, the air warmer than I have experienced it for quite some time. Exactly 100 passengers from almost just … Continue reading

Antarctic under sails 2018

Plans for an antarctic adventure under sails are taking shape. From January 15, 2018 we will sail for 25 days to and in Antarctica with SY Anne-Margaretha. From Ushuaia and the Beagle Channel, we will set course for the South … Continue reading

Antarctic panorama: Cape Adare

There is a new panorama tour (virtual tour) from Antarctica, namely from Cape Adare in the Ross Sea. Cape Adare is one of the most famous, but rarely visited places in Antarctica: in 1895, it was the site of the … Continue reading

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