Icecap Journeys – overview

 

2004 Hercules Inlet to the South Pole, 56 days, one food drop, 1150 kms (10 degrees of latitude): Linda Beilharz, Stuart Smith, Owen Jones, Craig Mathieson, Hannah McKeand, Denise Martin (guide, ANI), Devon MacDiarmid (guide, Northwinds). Read more…

 

2007 Greenland, Tasiilaq to Kangerlussuaq, 35 days, 580 kms Linda Beilharz, Rob Rigato, Roger Chao. Read more…

 

2009 South Patagonian Icecap, Jorge Mont Glacier to Marconi Pass, 19 days 7 kms – failed attempt, Linda Beilharz, Rob Rigato. Read more…

 

2010 Ward Hunt Island to North Pole, 56 days, 780 kms Linda Beilharz, Rob Rigato, Sarah McNair Landry (guide, Northwinds). Read more…

 

2012 South Patagonian Icecap, Marconi Pass to Jorge Mont Glacier, 21 days, 135 kms, Linda Beilharz, Rob Rigato, Kerryn Wratt. Read more…

 

Each one of these trips was a huge adventure with challenges and extraordinary experiences in wild, harsh and potentially deadly landscapes. Each icecap has its own characteristics that makes it a unique challenge and singularly beautiful. Latitude, altitude, weather patterns, geology – ice on the ocean or ice in the mountains. The Antarctic ice is covered in sastrugi and lies in the path of relentless, chilling wind, Greenland ice rises up from each coast with blue ice and water run off to create a maze and Pittarak winds, Arctic ice floats on the vast ocean, moving with currents and the wind and Patagonian ice nestles high up in the mountains of the Andes within some of the wettest weather in the world.

 

Each trip would not have been possible without the support of family members, sponsors and the Australian Base Communications team (mainly alpineSAR members). Each expedition was informed and supported by mountaineering or polar expedition companies that assisted with maps, local logistics and back up for emergencies – Northwinds, Greenland Expedition Specialists, Patagonia Mountaineering

 

Sponsoring Companies and generous individuals – with gratitude we acknowledge the companies that provided great gear, food and encouragement

Journeys for Learning was established to bring the stories of the expeditions to schools and community groups. First as a company and now as a volunteer activity of Linda’s, Journeys for Learning has some great resources and materials for schools.

Thanks to the City of Greater Bendigo for funding video production, FAHCSIA for funding a dynamic website, DEECD for funding the lesson guide production, and  School Focused Youth Services for funding visits to 7 Bendigo schools.