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 Post subject: ANTARCTICA!!!
PostPosted: Fri Dec 06, 2013 4:54 pm 
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Location: Girdwood, AK!!!
This is a TR, most likely long winded and definitely photo filled, so prepare yourself with some coffee and time or go away if you're a little ADD. This is a Trip Report, of Antarctica!

…or you can watch this slide show with a little video edited in here and there, and some Iron Maiden for your entertainment


It all started when I was about 5 years old… Just kidding, but really I've been wanting and trying to get to Antarctica for many many years now. I've put in applications to work at Mcmurdo station to no avail (Thank God). Then I read some reports on a "ski cruise" put on by iceaxe expeditions in 2009 and I've been waiting and watching for another trip ever since. When I found out they were doing it again in November 2013, back in June 2012, I knew I was in. I promptly replaced my girlfriends pills with pezz, went at it, and waited. A little over 9 months later we had a baby to sell on the black market and money for the trip. It Was On!!!

So finally after over a year of waiting it was time to pack.
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Euro style
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So here I should point out that we planned on hiking and camping in Patagonia for 2 weeks after the cruise, hence the extra backpack and gear.

Then it was travel time
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56 hours of travel time!!!
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and we finally made it!
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to Ushuaia, Argentina
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where we slept for 2 days solid and then met up with the IceAxe team and went for our first ski with our guides and crews of 4
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literally learning the ropes and ice axe and crampon usage
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Then we put everyones gear together for the trip to come
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Now the question is "is this too much gear?" and does this statue in town foreshadow things to come?
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I hope not.

Our ship, the Sea Adventurer!
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and we're off!
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Oh God help me
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We're now sailing The Drake Passage for a little over 2 days
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It ain't so bad
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well, maybe
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Our first land sighting
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I said LAND!
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(this is my IceAxe promo photo, does it work?)

Time for some coffee and awe
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and then we ran into some brash ice
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We didn't care, it was time to roll!
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well, maybe this brash ice is a bit much for zodiacs
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Let's try that again elsewhere
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We're getting off of this ship!!!
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and getting out of here (with a lot of gear)
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Our first "beach" landing
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Man, absolutely nothing is easy here
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but we've made it!
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and there's even a welcoming committee
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Time to climb
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and ski
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into a penguin colony that is

Meanwhile, back on board
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let the antics begin
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and drying of boots
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did I mention the guides hallway?
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Now back to skiing, day 2 at a Chilean weather station
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It went pretty grey out, but I don't care. I Love Snow! It tastes great
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Some folks went wildlife viewing rather than skiing
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We, team split board, opted for steeps
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and DEEPS!
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Our guide, Andrew Eisenstark, measured the slope at the top to be 47 degrees. That wasn't even the steepest part of the run! So we got an easy 50 degree run of full blown face shots, in Antarctica!!! As Andrew said "We're in no competition here, but WE ARE WINNING!"

Day 3 and it's BLUE out!
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Team split (IrishGav, Cole, and guide Andrew)
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myself
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and our ship
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skiing
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Day 4, climbing
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skinning
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and performing in front of a captive audience
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Repeat
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Dr Seuss's The Grinch Mtn
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And then the antics start up again. First, there were Peeping Tom's aboard! These guys came peeping in our window on a ship in the Antarctic!
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Can you believe it? I couldn't believe it (but I'd never met Todd Offenbacher before)

And then…
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Polar Plunge time!
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It's F-ing cold! 31 degrees F I believe, below freezing!
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but they give you a shot of vodka to warm up
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One more
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Back to skiing, Day 5
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Visibility was shit, so we visited "the Blue room"
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and skied back to the boat
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The guide in my girls eyes
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The weather got better and it was time to ski again
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I opted for sightseeing this run
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you can see the skinners up there somewhere
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Meanwhile, my girlfriends group led by Doug Workman was shooting for this monster!
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"GnarWall"
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Carey up top
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and "dropping in"
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safely back at the bottom
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It was sometime around this point during the trip that IrishGav made the polite observation that "You know what? You're a hick. I've just realized that you're a Hick." I have no idea how, or what, made him come to this conclusion.
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But I don't care, it was party time!
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Duct tape and Disco balls!

Just look at these moves!
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Ain't no hick pulling off moves like that!

Befriending all the rock stars I was
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Chris Davenport

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Andrew Mclean! I mean, C'mon!

Day 6 was a down day due to wind, and hangovers, so we sightseeing at a Polish science station and penguin rookery
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and then it was back to the Drake!
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and that was our trip to Antarctica
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I hope you enjoyed it, I DID!!! They're doing it again the next 2 Novembers (that's 2014 and 2015). Have a kid, sell it. Do whatever you can and GO ON THIS TRIP! It's Totally worth it, and more. Thank you again Doug and Karyn at IceAxe Expeditions and the Quark staff and everyone else on board for a Wonderful Great Extupendous Time!

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 Post subject: Re: ANTARCTICA!!!
PostPosted: Fri Dec 06, 2013 5:57 pm 
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Wow, that looks fun :headbang: Thanks for the quality TR.

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 Post subject: Re: ANTARCTICA!!!
PostPosted: Fri Dec 06, 2013 7:47 pm 
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awesome trip report, great photos, well done!


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 Post subject: Re: ANTARCTICA!!!
PostPosted: Fri Dec 06, 2013 11:39 pm 
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So sick!!! Awesome TR, and very jealous :rock:

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 07, 2013 8:59 am 
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Trip of a lifetime right there. Thanks. ,My wife and I spent friday night viewing these pics. She usually looses interest after a few minutes. Not on this one. :drool:


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 07, 2013 9:30 am 
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Awesome report! Looks like a great trip :headbang:

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 Post subject: Re: ANTARCTICA!!!
PostPosted: Sat Dec 07, 2013 11:06 am 
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Well done!

Im with tex. Trip of a life time, and my girl showed more interest in your report then any of mine.

Some really great shots in there.

Id watch my girl with that guide if I where you.

Thanks for the show.
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 Post subject: Re: ANTARCTICA!!!
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So rad. What spectacular terrain. Thanks for that.

So, if you don't mind me asking, what's the per-person cost of that trip?

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Unreal. Great photos. Looks like an amazing trip! It also looks like some gnar was had. :headbang:

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 Post subject: Re: ANTARCTICA!!!
PostPosted: Sat Dec 07, 2013 12:15 pm 
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Location: Girdwood, AK!!!
http://www.iceaxe.tv is their web page with all the information you need. A bottom berth cost about $9000 and you need to buy travelers insurance and your own airfare. We budgeted about $15000/person including 2 weeks at the tail end of the trip traveling and camping around the patagonias. We tacked on a flight to Calafate and buss rides to Puerto Natales to visit Fitz Roy and Torres del Paine.
I'm a waiter/bartender and was therefore, probably, the poorest person on board (the only REAL ski BUM). As some people have pointed out, I'm a hick! Anyhow, it was worth every penny! And if I can do it, you can too.


Anyone want to see some photos of Patagonia as well? No skiing/riding there, just backpacking.

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D-GREEN wrote:
Anyone want to see some photos of Patagonia as well? No skiing/riding there, just backpacking.


YES, please!

$15K/person is what I have been targeting for my self/wife to enjoy a similar adventure. Good to know that's an accurate target. Cheers

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Yes i can confirm that Dusty was in fact the only legit ski bum on the boat and everyone esle was a sellout in one way or another!

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Well done Dusty, looks like an incredible trip thanks for sharing :rock:

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