ESC Antarctica 2012


Eagles Ski Club Antarctic Expedition 2012

Expedition Overview

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IMGP5424A team of 8 ski mountaineers from the Eagle Ski Club successfully climbed and skied 13 Antarctic mountains, 8 of which were previously unclimbed, making this one of the most successful ski expeditions to ever visit Antarctica.

After sailing from Argentina aboard the Australian yacht Spirit of Sydney, whose excellent support of the Alpine Club Antarctic Expedition made that trip so successful, the team climbed and skied Mt Agamemnon (2594m) on Anvers Island. Exceptionally heavy sea ice prevented the team from sailing further south and so, after climbing and skiing further peaks around Paradise Harbour, they headed north to Cierva Cove, where they hauled sleds into the mountains to establish a high camp. This gave access to the multitude of unclimbed, and largely un-named mountains, and some truly spectacular ski descents.

View the Expedition Prospectus for further information. Expedition Report coming soon.  For further information please contact Phil. 


The Expedition Team

Phil Wickens (Leader) is an expedition leader and lecturer from Derbyshire. He has guided on over 30 small ship expeditions to Antarctica, spent 3 years as a field guide for the British Antarctic Survey, and led 4 yacht-based sailing/climbing/skiing expeditions to Antarctica, including the highly successful 2010 Alpine Club Antarctic Expedition. His other climbing and ski mountaineering expeditions have taken him to India, Nepal, Pakistan, Greenland, Peru, Tajikistan, Svalbard, Caucasus and Canada.

Lucy Bounds is a Winter and International Mountain Leader from Kendal. She has completed numerous ascents and ski tours in the alps and has undertaken expeditions to Arctic Norway, Namibia, Morocco and Ecuador.

Andy Collins is an accountant from London with 30 years skiing and mountaineering experience and is a qualified Day Skipper. His expeditions have taken him ski mountaineering in East Greenland and climbing on Baruntse and Ama Dablam.

Toby Johnson is a Research Fellow from Kendal whose ski mountaineering has seen him competing in World Cup events and summiting many alpine 4000ers, and whose climbing has taken him on expeditions to Bolivia and Canada.

Steve Gould splits his time between his homes in London and Red Rocks, Nevada. He has numerous classic alpine ascents to his name, plus ski expeditions to Kedar Dome in the Garhwal and Mt Waddington in Canada. 

Dave Smith is a scientist based in Finland. In addition to a wealth of climbing and mountaineering experience, which includes expeditions to Nepal and North-East Greenland, Dave has skied in many remote parts of the world, from Svalbard in the Arctic, to Albania, New Zealand and the Lyngen Alps of Norway. He is also an avid sailor and owns his own 39ft sailing boat.

Roger Upton lives in Thame in England. He has been skiing for over 20 years and has climbed numerous mountains in the alps and further afield, and has been on remote ski expeditions to the Mt Waddington Range of Canada, the Cordillera Vilancota of Peru, and Mt Ararat in Turkey.

David Williams is a shipwright from North Wales. He has been climbing for over 40 years, and ski mountaineering for over 30 years, including expeditions to Baffin Island, Mt Waddington, Turkey and Alaska. David is also a sailor and own his own 32ft sailing boat.



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