First Wednesday talk: 3rd Oct 2018
“Way off piste in the Southern Ocean”

‘Polar Exploration is at once the cleanest and most isolated way of having a bad time which has been devised’

In 1922 Apsley Cherry-Garrard penned a vivid documentary of one of the great stories of human endeavor. Dubbed in no uncertain terms ‘The Worst Journey in the World’, it sought to illustrate the efforts of the great Antarctic explorers’ in their race to conquer the South Pole. While Scott failed Shackleton prevailed- but he too met his demise many years later in South Georgia.

Few people have the opportunity to visit South Georgia – and even fewer get the chance to ski there. Those who are prepared to sail across the southern ocean are rewarded with the ultimate turns, summits, and scenery in one of the most inaccessible mountain ranges in the world; black sand beaches teeming with antarctic wildlife, and deserted whaling stations frozen in time on the last stop before Antarctica.

It’s a long way from the slopes of The Cheviots to Gritviken, but Antony Baird had a camera on hand to document a voyage across the convergence zone into the world of the Frozen Planet.

Visitors welcome.

H Y Tyne

7:30 pm start

Clive Griffith