Petermann Island & Hidden Bay

Jan 13, 2018 - National Geographic Explorer


It was a truly exquisite day filled with one surprise and delight after another.  We started our day in full sunshine and without a breath of wind on Petermann Island, the overwintering location for Jean-Baptiste Charcot and his second French Antarctic Expedition in 1909.  Here, we enjoyed Adélie and gentoo penguins and their chicks, as well as Antarctic shags and the remnants of many interesting historical tales, like the 1956 Argentine refuge hut, the 1982 commemorative cross and even some “graffiti” dating back to Charcot.

A delicious deck barbeque and sunshine cruise through the scenic Lemaire Channel was followed by an unforgettable series of Zodiac cruises, kayaking, and polar plunges in the rarely visited Hidden Bay, which is tucked into Cape Renard.

A traditional Asado dinner and live music from the house band, “The Spice Boys” rounded out what will certainly be considered a day filled with superlatives and cherished memories.

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Sheri Bluestein

Expedition Leader

Sheri has lived, worked, volunteered, and traveled on all seven continents including several years in Portland, Oregon and 3.5 years in Amsterdam, where she became fluent in Dutch and became a citizen. She currently resides in the French Pyrenees, living in a restored cow barn with her Dutch husband, whom she met while riding an elephant in Thailand.

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Bradford McArthur

Video Chronicler

Bradford McArthur has been shooting film and photos since the 1990's (pre-digital dinosaur!) Committed to filming isolated regions and untold stories through a message of conservation, McArthur founded Forever Exploring Productions in 2009. As a former professional rock/alpine climber and whitewater kayaker he has shot adventure films all over the globe for brands such as Arc'teryx, The North Face, Olympus and many others.

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