The largest Trust’s expedition team to date travelled to the Antarctic Peninsula aboard a One Ocean Expeditions vessel where they experienced the challenges and rewards of kayaking through pristine playgrounds of whales and seals, navigating between icebergs, and exploring glaciers, penguin colonies and historic explorer bases, including those the Trust is helping its sister trust, UKAHT, to restore.
This expedition offered the young explorers a chance to push themselves, to connect with experts, and learn about Antarctica’s history, science, wildlife, and environment, as well as the legacy of exploration in Antarctica. Participants pushed their own limits and experienced that same spirit of exploration of the early polar explorers—a remarkable legacy the Trust cares for on behalf of all humanity.
New Zealand Olympic kayaker Mike Dawson joined the team as a kayaking mentor and Sir Edmund Hillary’s grandson was also part of the expedition.
Two students and a teacher joined the expedition from Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate, in Auckland, New Zealand as part of a new partnership with the Trust.
The Trust also initiated its Inspiring Explorers Official Supporters’ Expedition which saw some of the Trust’s close supporters join the ship as full fare paying passengers and be part of the Inspiring Explorers experience.