Courtesy of World of Freesports
In search of snowy peaks, breathtaking ski descents and impressive rock and ice formations, Mammut Pro Team athlete Caro North, mountain guide Guillaume Martina and skipper Mark van den Weg ventured on an expedition to the wild Antarctic. They experienced an adventure just as wild that pushed them to their limits again and again over a period of four weeks. Although it was easy to find the objects of desire, the pitfalls of the Antarctic weather thwarted the athletes’ plans time after time. Icy winds and heavy rainfall not only made it impossible to go ashore, but even more so to implement the planned projects. According to the professional assessment of the skippers, the drifting icebergs were mostly too dangerous for ice climbing, as the movements of the icebergs as well as the risk of calving could hardly be estimated. The poor visibility conditions made especially climbing and skiing the snow-covered mountains difficult. While the Alps, for example, are very precisely documented, there is hardly any detailed map material on Antarctica that could have been used even in difficult visibility conditions. There was nothing left to do but to wait and go ashore and give it a try at the slightest hope of improvement. The waiting paid off, because as fast as the bad weather could come, as fast it could change. The crew was to be rewarded.