Antarctic Heritage Trust will meet the costs for the guides, domestic flights to and from Queenstown, accommodation and meals.
Selected Inspiring Explorers will:
- Contribute NZD500 towards the expedition costs, with payment to be made immediately upon acceptance;
- Agree not to have any personal sponsors/gear sponsors for participation in the expedition;
- Be prepared to wear/use sponsor gear supplied by the expedition team, if asked;
- Supply all appropriate personal outdoor equipment and clothing for the trip. A list of required gear will be provided by Antarctic Heritage Trust, in due course;
- Cover costs (if any) for your excess baggage;
- Undertake a medical, if required.
Expedition team members will be asked to participate in an outreach programme, sharing their experience with their local community, sharing photo and video content (as applicable), being part of a short film about the Mahu Whenua Traverse, participating in any agreed media coverage, social media or blogs. The Trust’s communication team will work closely with the expedition team on the outreach programme component.
History of the Turks
Turk huts are made from large plastic water tanks and they are ideally suited to remote locations with extreme weather conditions.
Mountain Turk Club founder Erik Bradshaw had the vision to utilise Turks as affordable backcountry huts for a five-day journey though otherwise hard to explore terrain. Turks are 26,000 litre plastic water tanks that Erik has retro-fitted with bunks and benches to create snug shelter for the ski tourer and backcountry traveller.
Five Turks are strategically positioned along the Mahu Whenua Traverse.
Early Turk hut design was pioneered by Al Fastier, the Trust’s Programme Manager Ross Sea Heritage Restoration Project, in collaboration with Erik Bradshaw and Trust Structural Engineer Win Clark. The Trust uses two Turk huts in Antarctica, at the field camp established to support the restoration of Borchgrevink’s Huts at Cape Adare. These Turks are the first to be utilised in New Zealand.