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South Georgia Ski Expedition

$2,460 of $28k goal

Raised by 10 people in 29 days
Kate Howe  ASPEN, CO
Two years ago, I became obsessed with Ernest Shackleton and the incredible journey he undertook to save the stranded crew of his doomed trans-antarctic expedition. 

As we drove from Santiago to Ushuia on a ski mountaineering trip in 2015, scouting locations for this year's Chile/Argentina Volcano Road Trip Madness

(Happening this September 16-28, 2017 (sign up now: www.katehowe.com/chile-volcano-trip),

my partner and I read aloud obsessively from Shackleton’s diary, “South”, devouring the story, and becoming more and more inspired by the perseverance and dedication to survival these men displayed.


Today, I am excited to have been selected as a member of the South Georgia Island Ski Expedition.

This is a 36 day ski expedition embarks on September 30, 2017, and will trace the route Shackleton plotted, ultimately resulting in the rescue of his stranded crew, as well as explore some of the nearby unskied peaks and fjords on skis.


Expedition Overview:

We meet in Stanley in the Falkland Islands, and after a day of preparations sail east to South Georgia. Depending on weather, we hope to land at King Haakon Bay on the south coast, where Shackleton commenced his famous traverse of the island. The traverse should take four to five days, and if conditions allow we hope to ski some of the summits along the route.

Icebird, a specially designed and constructed polar expedition yacht, will pick us up at the abandoned whaling station of Stromness, where Shackleton finished his traverse. We shall then sail southwards along the coast of South Georgia, making landings as the weather allows. There are numerous glaciers and bays that we can explore on ski, and colonies of King and Macaroni penguins to visit, as well as the abandoned whaling station of Grytviken.

From there we travel back to Punta Arenas, and head home with stories to share!

I will be writing trip reports and documenting the entire expedition from training to successful completion, and along the way we will be reflecting on the moments of great peril, stress, and certain failure which Shackleton and his crew faced and overcame as we travel the same desperate route that they did in 1915 across South Georgia Island.


Taking part in this expedition with Ski Antarctica is truly a dream come true. I am excited to get to know the crew at Ski Antarctica on a personal level, as Kate Howe Global Ski Adventures plans to make a custom group ski trip JUST FOR YOU to Antarctica in 2018! (This trip will be less of an expedition and more of a trip, about 18 days in length.) (And you thought Switzerland was exciting!)

First things first: In order to mount the Expedition to South Georgia, we need to raise funds. My portion is $28,000USD, all of which go towards the considerable expense of mounting an expedition in the Antarctic.  

If you are interested in helping us make this expedition possible, please donate to this page. Donations of $150 or more receive a Shackleton Traverse T-shirt in appreciation. Any amount helps, all funds will held in an account until we reach our full goal. 

IMPORTANT!

If the entire portion is not raised by July 30, 2017, your funds will be returned to you in their entirety... and you keep the t-shirt!

I am grateful to POC and Rollerblade, two of my wonderful sponsors, who have committed to helping us reach our goal on this trip.

Thank you for your faith, support and help in this endeavor,


Kate Howe
Head Guide
KH Global Ski Adventures

katehowe.com
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Update 4
Posted by Kate Howe
1 day ago
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Did you get your Shackleton Traverse Expedition T-Shirt in the mail? Please post a photo of you wearing it! We've raised almost $3000 to date, $25,000 to go before July 30! Have a friend who loves history, adventure, exploration and leadership? Ask them to donate to the expedition! Donations of $3000 or more get a Logo on the T-shirt!
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Update 3
Posted by Kate Howe
9 days ago
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T-Shirts have shipped! Thanks to Marker, POC, Leki and Rollerblade for their support of this expedition! We have a new baseball cap, and coffee mugs in stock as well. Tell a friend, we have to get to $28,000 by July 30, and so far we have raised almost $3000!
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Update 2
Posted by Kate Howe
25 days ago
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Marker Bindings is donating to the cause! The first donation of $750 gets an Expedition T Shirt and a fresh new pair of 2017/18 Marker Griffon Bindings!
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Update 1
Posted by Kate Howe
26 days ago
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The t-shirts are here! Donate $150 to help mount the Shackleton Traverse Expedition and choose between a t-shirt and a mug.

Fingers crossed we make our goal and get to launch on September 30, but if not, all funds come out of GoFundMe and straight back to you... and you keep the T-Shirt!

Please share with your friends, every bit helps to get us to South Georgia 100 years after Shackleton rescued his stranded crew.
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$2,460 of $28k goal

Raised by 10 people in 29 days
Created March 30, 2017
DF
$40
Dana Forbes
1 day ago (Offline Donation)
MH
$600
Megan Harvey-Bourke
8 days ago (Offline Donation)
AW
$250
Alan Wagner
17 days ago

Epic Adventure! You are the best traveler and adventurer I know. See you in January - Chatter Creek, BC cannot wait! - Alan Wagner

$250
Anonymous
25 days ago
SJ
$600
Steven Jolly
25 days ago
SJ
$150
Steven Jolly
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SE
$200
Sebastian Echavarria
25 days ago

Sebastian and Natalia Echavarria

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Tony Talalay
25 days ago

You go, girl!

LG
$200
Lynn Gurrentz
26 days ago

Follow your dreams! Best of luck to you!

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$20
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28 days ago
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