Hey, I'm Cole, new to these forums but met some splitters on a recent trip so figured I'd sign up and post a TR and some pics.
At the start of last month the Sea Adventurer departed Ushuaia, Argentina for Ice Axe's semiannual Antarctica ski trip (http://www.iceaxe.tv/expedition/antarct ... uise-2013/). After a pretty rough two and a half day passage across the Drake, we reached the protected waters of the Antarctic and settled into our home for the next 7 days of snowboarding:
On board were about 100 skiers (about 20 guides with 4 clients each) and 60 or so crew. My group was me, IrishGav and D-GREEN along with our guide Andrew Eisenstark from PNH (http://www.alaskaheliski.com/). Both Gavan and Dusty are really sick, experienced splitboarders, and this was Andrew's third ski trip to Antarctica, so other than me at least we certainly had a super strong group!
Dusty trying to convince Andrew that "we'll be totally fine!" hitting some 60 degree couloir that runs out over a 200-ft ice cliff into the ocean.
Gavan getting ready to charge something.
Me sneaking in a quick t-shirt run on the warmest day of the trip.
Everything about Antarctica is super variable. Weather was 0F with blasting winds one day and t-shirt conditions the next. We'd hit some nice deep powder runs in the morning, and then ride some really wind affected snow in the afternoon. Just being down there was an amazing experience, and it's pretty surreal snowboarding lines with penguins around you that empty out right at the water.
The whole boat experience was pretty cool too. Really interesting clients and guides of all backgrounds, and Doug Stoup/Ice Axe did an amazing job making sure everything ran smoothly/safely/fun.
All-in-all it was definitely the trip of a lifetime. They are running it back next year if anyone is interested. Gavan and Dusty were both great guys to ride with, and are both much better with cameras than I am, so definitely hit them up for more pictures! Great start to the season, and hope everyone catches some good snow this year.
Post subject: Re: Splitboarding Antarctica 11/2013
Posted: Thu Dec 05, 2013 2:18 pm
Joined: Sat Oct 17, 2009 11:57 pm Posts: 261 Location: Chamonix
YEAH Cole,nice intro to Forum,might asswell jump on the bandwagon and do a little Photodump.
The whole trip was out of this world and so much more than just going spilt boarding,the people,the place and the vibes were just unreal. From the very beginning to the last day everyone was just so super stoked,coming together from all over the world to experience this together.
Some of the snow was shitty but who cares when you get to shred down to a massive penguin colony and watch the little bastards pooping on each other. Or cruising around in the zodiac looking into 90ft of super clear water to see whole whale skeletons on the bottom. Every minute of the day was jam packed with stuff aside from being on the last continent,loads of interesting lectures from the expedition staff who are all experts in different fields.Then we had 22 world class ski guides sharing stories and experiences.
Drake Passage 48 hour crossing,was pretty rough but we never had a massive storm like i was hoping for
Lots of low angle runs,this is the most ridiculous complex terrain i've ever seen,just getting ashore is an achievement in itself,giant tabular ice shelfs calving into the ocean all over the place
Our Group Andrew,Cole and D-Green who i discovered is a motherfucking Hick!
Welcome to the Gnar
Hit up a giant blue hole one afternoon when the weather is socked in
More low angle goodness down to the water
Heading for lookers left of the face for our only steep line of the trip with quality snow
Me and Andrew McLean
The Jawbone of a Blue Whale,spent an afternoon at a Polish station and the beach was strewn with Whale bones and vertebrae,mind blown
Most people had baller rain wear for the zodiac crossings,Dusty doesn't fuck around because he is a hick
partied some on the boat too,it would have been rude not to
Cole staying stoked
Leopard seal floating by on a ice floe
Brash Ice,had to pass through lots of this at the beginning as we were the first boat in around the peninsula
Andrew McLeans group getting after it
Our Guide Andrew
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