The Trust launched applications for its ninth Inspiring Explorers Expedition™ to South Georgia Island at a dinner at New Zealand’s Parliament Buildings, hosted by Hon Dr Duncan Webb, on 14 February 2023. This expedition will honour the centenary year of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s final expedition, the Quest, which journeyed to South Georgia and marked the end of the heroic-era of Antarctic exploration. It will provide an opportunity for 22 young New Zealanders aged 18-30 to explore South Georgia Island, connect with the legacy the Trust cares for and embrace their spirit of exploration.
As part of the expedition three young explorers will attempt a first Kiwi ascent of Mount Worsley, a peak named for Shackleton’s captain and New Zealander Frank Worsley.
Antarctic Heritage Trust Acting Executive Director, Francesca Eathorne says this is a once-in-a-lifetime expedition.
“We are excited to take a diverse group of young people who are curious about the world and are keen to connect with the spirit of exploration to South Georgia Island. This will be a life-changing experience for these young people as they develop their confidence and ability to step confidently into this changing world.”
This incredible two-week ship-based expedition is presented by Antarctica21 and supported by the Trust’s Inspiring Explorers™ Programme Partners MetService New Zealand and Royal Society Te Apārangi.
Both organisations will provide help with science and research during the expedition as the team of explorers complete a number of outreach projects connecting with themes such as climate change, science, polar history and education.
Stephen Hunt, Chief Executive MetService says, “Antarctic Heritage Trust cares for the early polar explorer expedition bases in Antarctica, which include the first meteorological stations. We are thrilled to be partnering with the Trust on this expedition to inspire young people with their science-based outreach as they have the opportunity to explore this wild environment.”
The Trust is currently in the process of selecting our 22 Inspiring Explorers™ and will look forward to announcing the team Mid-year.
At the application launch event, Inspiring Explorers Sadra Sultani, above, and Laura Andrews, below, shared stories about their expeditions with the Trust’s community, delighting and inspiring. © AHT/Jo Moore
Sir Ernest Shackleton’s grave on South Georgia Island. © Antarctica21