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  1. #1
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    TR: Antarctica 2011 (nsfw@pg. 3)

    ongoing thread - check back for more photos


    Right now I'm sitting in the SLC airport with a backpack full of expensive camera bits in the chair beside me. By late tomorrow I'll be in Ushuaia, Argentina and on Wednesday we'll set out on a 120-passenger boat across the Drake Passage. If everything goes as planned, we'll be earning turns on the Antarctic peninsula by next weekend. Sweet.

    I've had a bit of a mad week finishing work projects, moving into a new place in SLC, and getting gear together for Antarctica. My three-pair quiver got craigslisted away yesterday and, cash in hand, I went straight out and bought two new pairs plus boots then mounted em, molded Intuitions, cut skins, waxed sticks and shoved everything in a duffel.

    Sitting here in the airport, I'm still going over mental packing lists but so far havent come up with anything I've forgotten to pack. Anyway, the flight's boarding.

    Puttin holes in skis


    Adios SLC!
    Last edited by The Gnarwhale; 11-08-2011 at 02:57 PM.

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    Rad. Take lots of pictures of penguins for us.
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    If you want the grand tour of Ushuaia, find my friend Matthias (mat-tie-uh) at the Bureau of Tourism in Ushuaia, tell him I sent you and take stuntycok with you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by belgian View Post
    Rad. Take lots of pictures of penguins for us.
    And polar bears too!
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  5. #5
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    Been waiting for this for months. So stoked for you!
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    What an amazing trip. Keep the stoke comeing!!
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    Stoked for all that are going.

    If anyone experiences any A factor while travelling and needs some assistance, I lived in ARG for 5 years and know most of the ins and outs.

    So feel free to hit me up if your in a pinch while travelling to and from the end of the world.

    ¡Buen viaje!

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    Quote Originally Posted by iscariot View Post
    And polar bears too!
    Polar bears only in northern hemisphere. Penguins only in southern hemisphere.

    Leopard seals are the things that can f you up down there.

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    Wow, sick! Have fun. I think this will be quite the thread

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    Ongoing thread from the tip of the world. That's some serious techno-wizardry TR skillz.

  11. #11
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    Buen viaje senores! (I can't speak penguin).
    "We need sometimes to escape into open solitudes, into aimlessness, into the moral holiday of running some pure hazard, in order to sharpen the edge of life, to taste hardship, and to be compelled to work desperately for a moment at no matter what. -George Santayana, The Philosophy of Travel

    ...it would probably bother me more if I wasn't quite so heavily sedated. -David St. Hubbins, This Is Spinal Tap

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    Looking forward to following.

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    Subscribed. A former co-worker of mine is on this trip too.

    Have a great trip and take lots of pictures.
    Because rich has nothing to do with money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patarero View Post
    Polar bears only in northern hemisphere. Penguins only in southern hemisphere.

    Leopard seals are the things that can f you up down there.
    Opus is a penguin, he was deathly afraid of polar bears, so that's good enough for me.







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    Someone else that write on ski forums in on that cruise.

    Looking forward to see both aspects. Have a great trip.
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    always looking forward to reports from the gnarwhale..
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    This is awesome! Keep it coming.
    If you're being rad and nobody's around to see it, are you really being rad?

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    You're gonna have a great time. I was there back in 2009 and had a blast. Here's my Antarctica video for some stoke till this years photos and video start filtering out.

    "A day skiing is better than...a day not skiing" RR
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    Nice, trip of a lifetime! Have fun dood!

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    Don't forget the dramamine! The Drake Passage is notorious for bringing even the saltiest dogs to their knees.

    Just got back from the Arctic aboard the National Geographic Explorer - a 2,600-ton ice breaking vessel. Made it to within 520 nautical miles of the North Pole. Hoping to make it to Antarctica in 2012.

    Not really skiing related, but if you have some down time and are interested in checking out some photography from the Arctic Circle, check out my blog: http://aboardtheexplorer.com

  22. #22
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    Best pre-trip TR of all time. Get sum!

  23. #23
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    Thanks for the offers to hook up local beta! This forum is great. Is StuntCok on the trip?

    After a few thousand miles of flying, crying babies, and airplane food from another dimension we made it to Ushuaia on the southern tip of South America.


    I was feeling strung out from minimal sleep but rallied for a 10pm dinner and a glass of vino before powering down for a long sleep.


    The chic dinner was not in my dirtbag budget and Nohow and I tried to make up for last night's bill by avoiding a cab fare today. The hill that began just after this picture was taken felt like something that should only be done in CrossFit.


    Now we're situated in a nice hotel with a bunch of the other ski-cruisers. Ushuaia has a touristy, North-American vibe right until you see the bathroom, then it no longer feels like the USA. I'm happy to report that the water pressure is energetic.

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    Subscribed! Best of luck! Can't wait to see the pictures.

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    This is going to be a fun one to follow for sure...
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