Every adventure expedition that travels to South Georgia is required to be self-sufficient as there is no Search & Rescue cover due to the lack of airport/heliport. To this end, a suitable logistics platform or vessel is required to support the expedition, in this case the MS Hebridean Sky.
Because the expedition plans to travel inland and erect camp-sites, a special permit is required by law. The application process is vetted by a panel of South Georgia experts (specialists in terrain & weather), they will assess the outdoor experience of each team participant individually to ensure the safe collective experience of the expedition group. Planning, emergency contingencies, bio-security and environmental impact are key factors for consideration for expeditions to the pristine environment of South Georgia. Shackleton Legacy will handle all the administration of this process and keep potential team participants informed of the application process with copies made available on demand.
In collaboration with the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office, the South Georgia Commissioner will issue an expedition permit approximately two month prior to departure.
For those wishing to embark on The Shackleton Crossing, we request that you complete an application form. Upon completing the form, Shackleton Legacy will contact you directly to guide you through the subsequent steps necessary to join the Expedition Team. If you have any questions please contact us. We are happy to answer all your enquiries.
Most physically fit people will be able to do this however, we don't wish to expose anyone to a situation which may be too challenging. All expedition participants are required to participate in team-building and mountaineering training sessions based in the USA, UK, Norway or France - all part and parcel of being part of a safe expedition. The team will have to be comfortable living in tents and competent in trekking across glacial terrain.
Every participant will be expected to provide a signed statement from their family physician declaring that they understand what is being undertaken, and that they see no reason to prevent them from participating in the crossing.
The average personal rucksack will weigh: approximately 17 kilos on average however, pulks (sleds) may be used to reduce loads.