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Ski mountaineering: a new activity onboard m/v Ortelius in Antarctica

by Oceanwide Expeditions News

Ski mountaineers climb high snow-covered and glaciated peaks and viewpoints, mostly roped up in small groups. It’s a thrilling experienced for those skiers experienced enough to ski downhill individually and master sometimes steep, and potentially dangerous alpine environment.
Antarctic Peninsula

Ship: m/v Ortelius

Regions: Antarctica

Destinations: Antarctic Peninsula

Highlights: Ski Mountaineering

At the end of the Antarctic summer the glaciers are still covered with snow and conditions are perfect for active people to go out and explore.  Untouched mountain tops invite experienced ski mountaineers to indulge in this technical and strenuous activity. Ski mountaineers climb high snow-covered and glaciated peaks and viewpoints, mostly roped up in small groups. It’s a thrilling experienced for those skiers experienced enough to ski downhill individually and master sometimes steep, and potentially dangerous alpine environment. Certified mountain guides are responsible for the safety of the group , they supervise the activity from beginning to end.

Requirements for ski mountaineering

Ski Mountaineering experience, good physical condition and health is essential and must be backed up by a health statement. Participants must be able to master techniques of alpine skiing in off piste terrain (ascent and descent). Each participant is asked to submit a personal questionnaire which should highlight the ski mountaineering experience. The maximum ratio of participants per mountain guide is 8 : 1. Special glacier equipment will be provided free of charge: ropes and carabiners, harnesses and ice axes. Participants will bring their personal protective outdoor clothes, ski mountaineering equipment. For individuals who wish to participate in this activity please enquire for a personal registration form and equipment list with Oceanwide Expeditions

Ski mountaineering is now available on multi activity basecamp expeditions onboard m/v Ortelius

  • OTL30, Antarctic Peninsula, 18 – 28 February 2016 ( 10 nights ) , Ushuaia – Ushuaia
  • OTL31, Antarctic Peninsula, 28 February – 10 March 2016 ( 11 nights ) , Ushuaia – Ushuaia

 

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