Going to the other side of the world is both inspiring and frightening, like all new things thattake you out of your comfort zone.
Like the explorers of every era, we want to discover what lies behind the next mountain or, in this case, what is beyond the horizon known to us mountaineers.
We want to discover mountains, walls and passages that humans have not yet trampled. We also want to understand how our lives have contaminated and compromised these places, which in our imagination are inaccessible and therefore seen as inviolate and inviolable.
The continent of Antarctica, so far away, so mysterious and unexplored, is unfortunately inextricably linked with our lives because the refuse of our comfortable existence has reached there.
For this reason, in collaboration with the Italian National Research Council, we will study the presence of contaminants in the various places where we will go — which, in a totally fanciful way, we have dreamed about and marked on our maps in the warmth of our homes.
We want to help determine how much our self-centered lifestyle is also affecting these places.
We will navigate the most difficult seas in the world, we will approach walls that have never been climbed, and, if conditions and luck allow, we will try to climb them to learn something more about these magical places and also about ourselves.
An adventure in climatic conditions that are summery for Antarctica but among the harshest in the world: very low temperatures, storms, moisture coming from the ocean — conditions that for us are extreme and new, so a great adventure.
We will tell you the stages of our adventure, hoping to be able to make you participate in the magic of an adventure that is new and full of questions for us:
We would like to bring back the hope that certain places will remain as they are, to allow the explorers of tomorrow the possibility of intense experiences as well, with the hope that in the future humans will know how to use the same technology that has brought us here to protect and respect these lands at the ends of the Earth.
In Ushuaia, at the extreme tip of Patagonia, we will read this sign: “Fin del mundo.” This time our adventure will start from here.
The Antarctic Peninsula is the northernmost part of the continent of Antarctica, located opposite the coast of the extreme south of South America, Tierra del Fuego.
It stretches from Cape Adams on the Weddell Sea to the Antarctic Sound, a strait that separates the continent from the Joinville Island group.
The terrain is mostly mountainous, and the mountain chain is considered a continuation of the Andes, to which it is connected by an underwater ridge.
Sovereignty is disputed between Chile, Argentina and the United Kingdom, but, like any other Antarctic territory, it is subject to the provisions of the Antarctic Treaty.
The expedition’s mountaineering targets are found in Graham Land, the part of the Antarctic Peninsula located north of 66° S. The areas of Graham Land in which we have identified the most interesting mountaineering objectives — walls or even mountains that have not yet been climbed — include the following:
Trinity Peninsula (anchorage location: Bone Bay)
The Gerlache Strait area (anchorage location: Cuverville Island)
Wiencke Island (anchorage location: Port Lockroy)
“Base camp” is the polar expedition yacht Icebird, from which we will disembark to explore
The approach will take place on skis.
December 28–29 Italy–Buenos Aires–Ushuaia
December 30 Boarding of Icebird, the polar expedition yacht that will support us
December 31–January 2 Crossing of Drake Passage (800 nautical miles)
January 3–6 Navigation along the Antarctic Peninsula, to identify the exploration/mountaineering objectives
January 7–23 Exploration and mountaineering activities
January 24–27 Crossing of Drake Passage and disembarkation at Puerto Williams (Navarino Island); transfer to Ushuaia via Beagle Channel
January 28–30 Ushuaia–Buenos Aires–Italy