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Expedition Blog

2041 was founded by polar explorer, environmental leader and public speaker Robert Swan, OBE, the first person in history to walk to both the North and South Poles. Swan has dedicated his life to the preservation of Antarctica by the promotion of recycling, renewable energy and sustainability to combat the effects of climate change.

International Antarctic Expedition 2017

After 14 years of leading International Antartic Expeditions, Robert & Barney Swan from 2041 will be working alongside the Quark Expedition Team to embark on a voyage March 5-15th, 2017. Learn about climate change, sustainability and what we can do to protect the last great wilderness on Earth from one of Antarctica’s most experienced thought leaders.

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Looking Forward

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Departing from Antarctica often leaves people feeling a blend of sadness and awe. After experiencing such a raw environment, it can be a hard prospect to adjust back to our ‘real’ lives and responsibilities. Eventually as time passes, and our focus shifts elsewhere, those intense feelings subside, and it can be easy to forget why we ventured South. Raising the funds, traveling half way around the world, and braving the Drake Passage…only to find oneself immersed in a strange and exotic land. If you didn’t know why you journeyed south whilst you were there, you most certainly do by the time you leave. Quite simply, it is unlike any other place on Earth, a pristine frontier still bound by nature whims, a place where few have had the fortune to pass through.

Within “The Leadership On The Edge Program” we have aligned people from different industries and backgrounds to work towards a more sustainable, clean energy future. Lets use this shared passion, and the experience of Antarctica, to become ambassadors for change and progression. We visited the Antarctic for a reason, let’s act upon it.

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Northern Shift

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Standing on the stern of the Endeavor, we watch the familiar horizon of white and blue fade into a thick moody night. We venture back into open oceans with tired eyes, but with eager intent for what lies ahead.

A looming forecast in The Drake passage spreads some concern amongst the group. We enjoy a vibrant evening of conversation as the boat starts to rock and we brace for the unruliness of the Southern seas. Our Ukrainian captain directs the ship into the pacific to avoid an early winter storm which was developing on the Atlantic side of the passage. Unsecured equipment soon found unexpected flying lessons. Seasickness flattens some of our team. Shifting between oceans whilst enjoying time on deck. Watching the seas birds gliding inches above white capped waves.

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Last Day of the Season

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Familiar faces, etched with fatigue and awe, scampered to the upper deck to savor the moment as the first rays of the day drained effortlessly into the surrounding peaks. Being thousands of miles away from home, it has been a true inspiration to learn the backstory of why and how people found themselves on this expedition. In an effort to help elevate each other’s projects and visions, gathering content for sponsors and projects has been a big component of this trip. Alongside our Huffington Post crew, the 2041 media team has been conducting interviews with Robert, Barney and the rest of the participants throughout the past week. We are all excited to see where this content will lead, and how it will support the projects, stories, and insights captured.  

During the first landing of the day, we were dropped off at a pebbled shoreline dotted with wildlife. Our seasoned guides navigated us through a thick penguin colony,  and encouraged us all to venture high up on a ridge line which summit had gripping panoramas of the surrounding landscapes. The Ocean Endeavor shrunk smaller and smaller in the distance as we made our way up the ridge, each step revealing a different perspective of grandeur around us. With elevation on our side, the scale of Antarctica took on a different paradigm, we were apart of the rock and ice. On top it, rather then looking upon it. Scanning the overlook with a pair binoculars revealed an insights into the thriving synergy all around- fierce Leopard Seal’s thrashing about penguins, carving glaciers, and zodiacs like small ants floating on a mirror surface. The stillness of this landing allowed many of us to feel the true essence of this mighty place, nothing but passing footsteps or penguin calls interrupting the pristine backdrop. 

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Mikkelsen Bay and the Lemaire Channel

The past two days have been a whirl wind of experience and motion for the IAE team. Each person has gained a unique perspective into the beauty, history, and rawness of Antarctica. 

A few shared moments that have left there impression-

Floating next to a couple of snoring humpback whales, meters away with the engine turned off- nothing but sea ice chattering breaking the pristine silence.

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Exploring Brown Bluff

We are all truly humbled by the sheer, untouched beauty of Antarctica as the IAE 2017 team continues further along the Peninsula. Today we visited the famous Browns Bluff, where we marveled at the painted rock towering high above us. Our team traveled by Zodiac, small inflatable vessels, through an incredible cove filled with ice monoliths each as different as the participants on our team.

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