Expedition Antarctica – Swiss extreme sports woman Caro North travels the Drake Passage

Ice climbing, ski mountaineering and sailing the open water for days through the infamous Drake Passage:  The 28 years old extreme sports woman Caro North made her way to the very South of our continent – accompanied by an eight-member crew. The impressions of this unbelievable journey, she will never forget. Caro North grew up in Germany and is living in Switzerland currently.

Antarctica Caro North Drake Passage

Photo credit: Mammut


The crew had to cope with icy winds, heavy rainfall and consequently poor visibility conditions. The orientation was tough as there is hardly any detailed map material on Antarctica that could have been used even in difficult visibility conditions. But when weather conditions were good Antarctica turned out to be a paradise for extreme sports: deserted landscapes and snow-capped mountains against a surreal backdrop of ice and sea were waiting to be discovered. The members of the expedition were completely on their own – all they met were penguins and seals on this challenging but at the same time fascinating and inspiring expedition.

The expedition route: Start in Ushuaia, Argentina. Crossing through the Drake Passage to the South Shetland Islands (Greenwich Island, Livingston Island and Deception Island). Then on to Trinity Island Enterprise, Videla Range, Lemaire Channel and return journey from Mount Jabet back to the starting point in Ushuaia.


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