Route: After being dropped off by zodiac at Peggotty Bluff (King Haakon Bay), the team will slowly ascend 3000 feet to the summit of Shackleton Gap. After roping-up and proceeding across the Murray Snowfield, the expedition will press-on toward the impressive Trident ridge before descending its slopes to the edge of the Crean Glacier. Tents will be erected in this area in order to double check all equipment and weather conditions. At first light on the second day, the expedition will proceed slowly through the crevasse fields of the Crean and Fortuna Glaciers. Upon reaching Breakwind Ridge the expedition will erect tents for the second night before descending to Fortuna Bay for the final leg of this epic crossing. The last few miles across Fortuna Bay toward Stromness Whaling Station will bring home the enormity of Shackleton's achievement.
Distance: approximately 25 miles depending on route selection and weather conditions
Duration: 3 days (2 nights) on the mountain.
Expedition participants will have the unique chance to trek across breathtaking scenery.
Witness a historical re-enactment of Tom Crean trekking the last few miles to Stromness Whaling Station, period equipment and clothing will serve to illustrate the challenges faced in 1916.
Guests who paint with watercolours, keep personal journals or enjoy wilderness photography are encouraged to practice their art during the - honouring the varied talents of Shackleton's original expedition crew.
Non-mountaineering partners can join you on the last leg of the Traverse, without doing the full Crossing (Fortuna Bay to Stromness Whaling Station, weather permitting).
Working together on a ratio of one expedition leader to four participants, the expedition will trek overland in roped groups.
Each group will be equipped with a pulk (sled)for carrying team stores: food, fuel, safety gear & tents.
All participants will learn valuable lessons in mountaineering, glacial travel skills, extreme cold weather survival, and polar history.
Source: BAS, South Georgia GIS mapping, web-based visualisation tool