D29: Pole of Inaccessibility (Paddle & Snowshoe)

 

PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE DESCRIPTION (There will be a test). I DO NOT PROVIDE GUIDED TOURS. IF YOU WANT A GUIDE YOU ARE ON THE WRONG TRIP.

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Description: Difficult Snowshoe

[b][url= http://files.meetup.com/1575023/Difficulty%20Ratings.pdf]Difficulty Rating (clickable): D3-4[/url]
Distance: +10,000 kms (roundtrip)
Roundtrip Time: 10 - 11 hours est. (Only an estimate. Don’t make plans that depend on it. It is Antarctica after all.)

Driving Time: 4 hours (approximate)

On Trail time: 5 - 6 hours (my guess)
Elevation gain: 2500 m (Calgary Tower is 191m high)

Leaving Calgary, we drive down the west coast of North America to Tierra del Fuego.  At Tierra del Fuego we will get in the rowboats for the short paddle to the Antarctic Peninsula and lunch. After lunch we will paddle around the continent, arriving at Wilson Bluff around 1:30 p.m.   From there we head due south for the highest point of land straight ahead of us.  Then we come home.

 

ROUTE FINDING AND OFF TRAIL TRAVEL WILL BE INVOLVED.

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  • sidney w.

    Yes Bruce. Haven't you heard of the Kissburg Penguins?

    1 · April 3, 2013

  • sidney w.

    This is Sidney here in Kissburg, Transylvania. I see lots of penguins. You guys must have just passed me.

    April 1, 2013

    • Bruce P.

      Are you sure those were penguins?

      April 2, 2013

  • Ken S.

    All the kids made it up all seven summits, but they had to haul me out of a crevasse on Everest, dig me out from an avalanche on Denali, suck the venom out of a taipan bite on my buttox on Kosciuszko, guide me off Aconcagua when I came down with high altitude pulmonary edema and off Kilimanjaro when high altitude cerebral edema made me loopy. I also broke both legs when I fell off the chairlift on Elbrus and lost all of toes, fingers and nose on the Vinson Massif, but the doctor says I should be fully recovered by next weekend.

    2 · April 1, 2013

  • Becky

    Ken, I must have just missed you. I arrived five minutes late and didn't see you so I went on my own. It was a fantastic trip! You should see my pictures! Thanks Bruce for organizing.

    1 · April 1, 2013

    • Morgan

      Nice pics Becky!

      April 1, 2013

  • Bruce P.

    Bestest trip ever!

    April 1, 2013

  • Deirdre

    We got a last minute opportunity for all of us to climb Everest Today! Sorry, have to miss this trip but have fun!

    April 1, 2013

  • Ken S.

    Hey guys, nobody was at CAOC, so I head to Tierra del Fuego. Where is everybody? I'm going to have to head back to Calgary soon. I'm leading a kid's hike up the Seven Summits today. Hope to see you all later when we do the Vinson Massif.

    April 1, 2013

  • Bruce P.

    In reply to Sidney's request for weather information, the high will be -49. The low is estimated to be -60. FOG is predicted. Specialized gear will be required. A cursory search of the available mass market literature (i.e. Sports Illustrated) will give you some clues as to what the well-dressed explorer/waif is wearing in Antarctica this year. Given that there are no examples of male gear, men should probably take their cues from the female adventurers depicted in this reputable publication. After all, to toss out the old trope, it's not how you look but how you feel.

    March 29, 2013

    • Danny

      Tks, Bruce, info overloaded !! Now I know what literacy-challenged means. As an alternative to your weather update, I hope this version could be of some use to all of all five of you who are to travel to the end of the world tomorrow : http://www.wimp.com/a...­ After you all have completed this trip, you will be assured that all of you would be remembered (as the ... of the month).

      March 31, 2013

  • patrick

    you guys are funny real funny...jokes on me

    March 30, 2013

  • sidney w.

    Sorry Bruce. I can't resist an old flame's invitation. (It's not what you think). I have to go to Kissburg, Transylvania to shine boots for a new company called Sidney (not me) Jerome and Associates. I will not be back in time for this trip. Have fun.

    March 30, 2013

  • sidney w.

    I found some hip Antarctica clothing from my Grand Father's sea chest, including an eye patch.

    March 29, 2013

  • Deirdre

    Sadly I can't join you I have my kids with me that day, while they would love to see the penguins and be able to brag to their friends I don't think they have the stamina yet to do this trip.

    March 18, 2013

    • Morgan

      Hi Diedre, plans changed I cannot make it; the sidesaddle is already put into Catherine's submersible when we were on Doorjamb. You are welcome to keep it for your kids. Have fun!

      March 28, 2013

    • Deirdre

      Thanks! We've been learning all the words to "Yellow Submarine" for that part of hte trip.

      March 28, 2013

  • Ken S.

    I'm leading a kid's hike at 9:30 a.m., so I might have to leave a quarter of the way around the continent to make it back in time.

    March 28, 2013

  • sidney w.

    Bruce: What is the weather forecast for Monday? Just a reminder, the trip will be on Monday

    March 28, 2013

  • Morgan

    Sorry Bruce, I am going to the Vatican to help w/ the transition...cannot make it back to YYC or trailhead in time for this trip...have fun & c u next time!

    March 28, 2013

  • Bruce P.

    Long range weather forecast for Friday. Fog. 0% POP. -27/-36.

    March 24, 2013

  • Becky

    Can I bring a dog?

    1 · March 14, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Dogs are actually not allowed in Antarctica. I'm not sure about "Antarctica" though.

      March 21, 2013

    • Bruce P.

      Shhh. Don't tell anyone! :)

      March 21, 2013

  • patrick

    what in the world is this?

    1 · March 21, 2013

  • C. E. L.

    Really looking forward to this trip! I can take 8 people, or 4 people and a bunch of gear in my new yellow submersible. I can't take dogs, though, as my Yeti is allergic.

    March 19, 2013

    • Bruce P.

      Could the Yeti and Sidney's mouse friend share a raft towed behind the submersible? We could probably put the gear (it won't be much for a day trip) there as well.

      1 · March 21, 2013

    • Danny

      Brilliant

      March 21, 2013

  • Timur A

    Hey Bruce, I will be in Chicago on that Monday. I remember CORA trips start at the trailhead. Would it be ok if I carpool with some americans and meet you at the Tierra del Fuego parking lot?

    March 18, 2013

  • Morgan

    Hey Bruce, what time will we be back to Calgary? I have an opportunity to go to the moon that day and would like to hit both if possible. I will bring all the gear to the carpool place in the morning.

    March 18, 2013

  • sidney w.

    Dogs are welcome. Bruce, please don't bring your cat, because I am bringing a friend who hates cats. We will meet you half way at Long Beach California where we will have a pre-trip coffee at the Starbuck on board the Queen Mary. By the way, my friend's name is Mouse, Mickey Mouse.

    March 18, 2013

  • Rob

    March 15, 2013

  • Morgan

    Passenger

    March 14, 2013

  • Marko

    Are icers required for this trip?

    March 14, 2013

  • Danny

    Bruce, I heard you sworn to yourself that you won't repeat our no nonsense trip with the group last year. Remember, you didn't bring your unlicensed driving licence and voluntarily I drove, using a gps that couldn't work with the car battery. Though you were totally drunk on the passenger side, it was amazing that you still clocked the trip right to the dot - 240 mins and 0 sec after you came back to your senses. I can't believe that you put this trip out again 'cos I'll no longer volunteer for that task and likely no other soul would. Mind you, you slept soundly (even though I wore your dr dre ear-buds all along) but it was horrible that you cursed and cursed the tires that were burnt down and replaced and you also burnt down the paddles for your little bonfire before we made it back with our boats. Man, you are on your own this time. And I totally understand why RSVP would (should) remain closed forever. All I can offer is the unique memory of the trip last year. Cheers, Bruce!

    March 10, 2013

    • Bruce P.

      RSVPs open in the morning

      March 10, 2013

  • Becky

    looks like fun Bruce! Please make sure that you check the avalanche conditions before you depart. (I added a picture from when I did the same trip last year. Also, I managed to do it in only 4 and a half hours, but we were a pretty fit group)

    March 10, 2013

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  • Bruce P.
    Organizer, Member 2015, Assistant Organizer
    Event Host
  • Becky
    Organizer, Member 2015, Co-Organizer
  • C. E. L.
    Member 2013
  • Ken S.
    Member 2015 Organizer 2014, Assistant Organizer

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