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Heads-up: Christoph Hรถbenreichs traverse on South Georgia

Posted: Jan 13, 2010 05:48 pm EST

(ThePoles.com) In October 2010 Christoph Hรถbenreich will be leading a ski trekking expedition across South Georgia Island in the footsteps of the legendary British polar adventurer Ernest Shackleton.

There is still place to join Christophs traverse team and a non-traverse team. Christoph sent some information to ExplorersWeb:


The dates for the expedition are 18 October to 4 November 2010.

Christoph plan this expedition together with Oceanwide Expeditions. The adventurers will travel with Oceanwide Expeditions ship, MS Plancius, from Montevideo to Ushuaia (South America) and from there to the island of South Georgia. The island is only accessible by boat.

The traverse route

The crossing of South Georgia will be done on skis and with crampons. The starting point will be King Haakon Bay and the finish point, Stromness Bay.

The distance is 45 km, which will take 5 days to complete (weather depending).

This route has been done several times before, including by well-known climbers Reinhold Messner, Conrad Anker, Steven Venables, Colin Monteath and Dave Hahn.

Traverse participants

The minimum number of participants for the crossing is 6 persons and the maximum number is limited to 12 people. Christoph said, It applies the principle of first come, first serve basis.

According to Oceanwide Expeditions, trekkers will pull their own sledges (20-30 kg) with personal and shared equipment (food, stoves, fuel) in mountainous terrain.

The sledge can be carried as a backpack on stretches without snow. Ski trekking involves elements of ski mountaineering, glacier travel and winter camping.

In general participants must be physically conditioned and experienced in order to participate in strenuous exercise in alpine environments with sometime extreme weather.

In addition, ski trekkers must be familiar with skiing and crevasse rescue techniques that can be learned in Alpine Introductory Courses.

Non-traverse participants

Another option is to also available; to stay on the boat while the skiers are traversing. The boat will visit several places of interest and circumnavigate South Georgia. The island is known for its King penguin colonies.


For more information contact Christoph: christoph.hoebenreich(a)aon.at.

In May 1916 Shackleton, Crean and Worsely headed out from King Haakon Bay to Stromness Station to find help to save the stranded crew of the Endurance expedition at Elephant Island.

Dr. Christoph Hรถbenreich is a geographer and UIAGM mountain and ski mountaineering guide with vast polar experience: He was field and safety guide at the Austrian Broadcasting Companys expeditions exploring the Arctic archipelago of Franz Josef Land for five months (summer 1993, winter 1994).

He has led the first Austrian ski last degree trip to the North Pole in 1997 (he initiated the trips for he first time with VICAAR).

Christoph guided clients to Mt.Vinson (2000), worked as ANI Vinson Base Camp Manager in 2001-02 and 2002-03 and climbed Vinson four more times.

Christoph led the first Austrian dogsled-expedition across Greenland (2003) and the legendary Payer-Weyprecht-Memorial-Expedition across Franz Josef Land (2005); was lecturer on board icebreaker Kapitan Dranitsyn to Franz Josef Land (2006) and led another ski last degree trip to the North Pole in behalf of VICAAR (2008).

During November/December 2009 he led the first Austrian climb and ski expedition to Queen Maud Land. Team members were fellow Austrians, Karl Pichler and Paul Koller. They climbed 11 first ascents on mountains and nunataks.

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Shackleton Traverse: King Haakon Bay to Stromness Bay. Image courtesy of Wikipedia (click to enlarge)
South Georgia, 1,600 km east of Cape Horn. Map courtesy of Christoph Höbenreich (click to enlarge)
South Georgia traverse leader, Christoph Höbenreich. Image of Christoph courtesy of franzjosefland.com (click to enlarge)