For as long as I can remember I have always looked up. Tramping trips with my family to Tongariro and Fiordland instilled in me a sense of awe at the sight of soaring peaks and roaring cascades.
I spent one of my high school years in Switzerland with a host family of committed outdoors people. Their descriptions of technical trips in the Alps brought the idea of mountaineering alive. No longer solely the realm of Hillarys and Tenzings, Mallorys and Messners, alpine climbing began to seem achievable.
In 2011 I joined the University of Auckland Tramping Club as well as the Rock and Alpine Club. I attended the Clubs’ Basic Snowschool. The feeling of euphoric respite on reaching the hut after a thorough snowblasting on Ruapehu’s lower slopes sold me on mountaineering. The two bluebird days that followed gave me the courage and confidence to join and lead more alpine trips over the years.
Since then my summers have been dominated by an expedition or two in the South Island. I have bashed my way through kilometres of bush to reach the Olivine Ice Plateau, slogged in suffocating heat across the slushy expanse of the Garden of Allah and plunged my gaze down onto the Therma Glacier from the north-west ridge of Mt Aspiring. These have all been immensely satisfying experiences, gained in the company of some incredible people.
The Antarctic Heritage Trust
The Antarctic Heritage Trust is a registered charity governed by an international board of trustees and supported by an administrative team in Christchurch, New Zealand. The Trust maintains and conserves the expedition bases in the Ross Sea Region built by Antarctic explorers Borchgrevink, Scott, Shackleton and Hillary.
Inspiring Explorers Expeditions
One of the Trust’s strategic goals is to educate and inspire young people through exploration. The Trust provides the opportunities for young New Zealanders to participate in heavily sponsored expeditions to the Antarctic region. Weather and conditions permitting, the 2017 team will attempt a guided ascent of Mt Scott. This expedition follows on from the success of the Trust’s inaugural Inspiring Explorers Expedition which crossed South Georgia Island via the Shackleton route in late 2015.