Shackleton Hike & St. Andrews Bay

Feb 05, 2018 - National Geographic Orion


The day started at 6:45 a.m. with a hike in the footsteps of Shackleton.  We retraced the final leg of Shackleton, Worsley and Crean’s famous hike across South Georgia, which was when they finally reached safety after their ordeal on the ice. Shackleton wrote afterwards: "I have no doubt that Providence guided us...I know that during that long and racking march of thirty-six hours over the unnamed mountains and glaciers it seemed to me often that we were four, not three.”

After we finished our hike, National Geographic Orion will make her way southeast to Saint Andrew’s Bay where we will get to the largest king penguin colony on South Georgia.

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Eric Pohlman

Naturalist

Having grown up in the wilds of Northern Minnesota, Eric’s lifelong love of nature and a desire to explore was a forgone conclusion. His childhood summers were spent canoeing the lakes of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area and his winters were spent exploring those frozen lakes on skis. It was no surprise when he decided to spend his summers working in Alaska’s fishing industry on a four-person commercial salmon fishing boat in Prince William Sound while attending the University of Minnesota. He did take a break to study abroad for a year in Helsinki, Finland.

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