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My Antarctic Voyage – South Georgia

In the second of her blogs detailing her journey into Antarctica, G&M wildlife consultant Sarah Williams recounts her time spent cruising around South Georgia Island.

Our first landing on South Georgia was at Salisbury Plain, home to grumpy fur seals as well as many thousands of King penguins. The sight of King penguins as far as the eye could see, gathered under beautiful snow-covered mountains, was a vision that I will never forget. So many wildlife programmes have been filmed here, and so it was very special to be observing all the action first hand. There were large groups, known as creche’s, of brown furry youngsters who were vocalising a constant whistling sound as they tried to attract the attention of their parents returning with food – how the adults find their own chicks amongst the huddle is just astonishing!

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My Antarctic Voyage – From Ushuaia to the Falkland Islands

Sarah Williams, Gane and Marshall travel consultant & wildlife expert, travelled to Antarctica in December 2018 on a 3-week expedition voyage. Here she recounts part of that journey, in which she sailed from the southern tip of Argentina to the Falkland Islands.

It was a bright summer’s morning as I flew over the stunning snow-capped mountains towards Ushuaia, at the extreme south of Argentina. This southernmost town is the jumping off point for Antarctic cruises, as well as a lively hub in its own right, and staying for a few days prior to my Antarctic voyage I found time to explore, fitting in a cruise along the Beagle Channel, a visit to Tierra del Fuego Park, a ride on the Southern Fuegian Railway (the so-called “Train at the End of the World”), as well as lots of great food, including local specialty king crab!

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At the foot of the new route up the North Face of Kilimanjaro – day 6

Now the North Face climb group are encamped on the north side of Kilimanjaro. Their location is a completely new camp on a level, sheltered strip of land below a vast scree slope and steep rocky ridges.

Today the adventurers climbed up onto the rock ridge and trekked to a point just above 5000ms to gain altitude acclimatisation. This was important preparation for their summit bid tomorrow. Continue reading At the foot of the new route up the North Face of Kilimanjaro – day 6

Thursday at Barranco Junction – Day 2 of the Kilimanjaro North Face climb

It’s day 2 of the North Face climb, and our team of intrepid trekkers have just ascended all the way to Barranco Camp via the very steep, and rarely-trodden, Umbwe Trail.

Group leader Wayne called in with two phonecasts, which you can listen to here: Continue reading Thursday at Barranco Junction – Day 2 of the Kilimanjaro North Face climb

The first official ascent of Kilimanjaro’s North Face – departing in two days!

On 26 June, 5 adventurous climbers will depart from London on a flight to Kilimanjaro. They are to attempt to summit Kilimanjaro via its northern flank, in what will be the first official summit attempt via the newly opened North Face Route.

The group will be raising funds for the Special Boat Service Association, and are being supported by the Hogg Robinson Group.
Keep an eye on our blog over the coming weeks, as we provide regular updates from the climbers as they progress towards the summit of Africa’s highest mountain. Continue reading The first official ascent of Kilimanjaro’s North Face – departing in two days!