ENTERING DRAKE PASSAGE
Drake Passage Travel Blog› entry 6 of 23 › view all entries
November 29th, 2008 – by: mellemel8
"YOU WAIT, EVERYONE HAS AN ANTARCTIC" - THOMAS PYNCHON
WILL I NEED MY "HAPPY PILLS?!?!?!"
There is not much to say about today. Mum and I had Filipino breakfast, “tapsalog” which is tapa, rice and egg. So yummy :D there was plenty of lectures to listen to. We got our expedition jacket and book about Antarctica. It was a nice jacket. There are selling it at the boat shop for $150. On the boat the prices are on NOK, Norwegian currency. We were all hoping the Drake Passage will be smooth. It is one of the roughest crossing .
The Drake passage is a body of water. It lies between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. To the north is Cape Horn (and the South American continent, to the south of it are the South Shetland Islands which are part of Antarctica.
The drake passage is also the shortest route from Antarctica to the rest of the world. The only islands in the passage are the Diego Ramirez Islands, about 60 km south of Cape Horn.
The passage is also known for very rough seas. Waves of 10 m are not uncommon here.
The passage is also good for seeing Whales, Dolphins, seabirds, and penguins.
In older texts, the passage is called Drake Strait.
Biographies Expedition Team & Lecturers
Anja Erdmann �" Expedition Leader
Anja studied Tourism Management in Germany and went to Greenland for the first time in 2000.
Privately, she loves Simon’s English accent, extensive traveling (mainly backpacking in South and Central America) and has lived in Athens, San Francisco, and London in the past 5 years alone.
Andrew Wenzel �" Assistant Expedition Leader /Lecturer: Biology
Andrew is Canadian and resides in Vancouver British Columbia “the most beautiful city in the world” according to him. His varied naturalist, guiding and photography experience includes; nine years with the ORES Centre for Coastal Field Studies as a field director conducting whale research and photographing whales, underwater stills photographer on the T.
Steffen Biersack �" Trip Co-ordinator / Lecturer: Geology
German geologist, born and raised in Berlin, where he obtained both a Master degree in Administration Management and - later on - in Geology. Before joining Hurtigruten, he has gained a long experience as a field trip guide in many European countries, Northern America and Southern Africa.
Simon Cook- Lecturer: Ornithology
Simon shares the same family name as the illustrious 18th century explorer, Captain James Cook. In addition to seeing many of the places visited by Cook, Simon has travelled extensively to all four corners of the globe. With particular interests in photography, whales and ornithology he has been to over 100 countries, been mesmerized by three-quarters of the world’s species of whales and dolphins and has seen well over 1000 species of birds from ships and boats. A passion for polar regions has taken him on ships to high northern latitudes in several different countries (Russia, Canada, Greenland and Svalbard) as well as many voyages to the icy continent of Antarctica.
He has also had numerous photographs reproduced over the years and has recently had articles published about whales in the North Atlantic and birding around the world from ships and boats. A former manager with an international bank, Simon now spends so much time at sea that he can almost be classified as a marine mammal. A great sense of adventure combined with a great deal of enthusiasm means that Simon is frequently on the lookout for wildlife. Which he is only too pleased to point out to and discuss with others!
Christian Walther �" Lecturer: Geosciences
Dr. Christian H. E. Walther was born in Berlin (Germany). He studied geophysics with geology, oceanography, meteorology, and computer science as subsidiary subjects.
His scientific career began in 1984 at an institute for polar research.
Back home Dr. Walther worked as a scientific employee at several institutes. He took part in expeditions to Greenland, Central and South America. Private journeys took him to Africa, North America, the Pacific region, and to Iceland. The summits of Kilimandscharo in Tanzania, Popocatépetl in Mexico, Cotopaxi and Chimborazo in Equador lay on his way.
In the mid-nineties, he started to work as a lecturer and naturalist on cruise ships. He is author of a German book about Antarctica, now 6th edition.
Rudolf Thomann - Lecturer: Botany
Was born in Santiago de Chile where he went to school.
Heiko Kuehr- Lecturer
He was born in 1968. After his study in the military in Germany he was always very close to nature. He has been hiking almost his entire live and came in contact with arctic regions in 2002 for the first time. In those days he was looking for a good possibility to do the next adventure with his dog Hondo (Siberian Husky). Finally he ended up on Svalbard as employee of a Norwegian company (Spitzbergen Travel) leading hiking tours in Spitzbergen. Those activities became more and more serious and since being certified as a Svalbard Guide he works 9 months a year in Svalbard during the summer season as Expedition Leader on MV Nordstjernen, Assistant Expedition Leader on MV Polar Star. He also leads tourists on hiking trips in Spitzbergen. During the winter season he works as a snowmobile guide going out in the field with guests on day trips and longer expeditions to discover the arctic as close as possible. With particular interests in photography he collected until now a library of more then 120GB of pictures. He sells photographs for catalogues, writes articles for dog journals and has produced a DVD with a slide show about Svalbard.
He wrote a book about hiking with dogs that is published in german (Trekking mit Hund).
Christoph Höllger �" Lecturer / History
Born in Germany, he was raised in New Zealand and Germany. He conducted his studies at different international universities, reading History, History of Art, and Theology. During that time he did research in Antarctica, doing an inventory of Scott’s Hut. Since he graduated from Oxford, Christoph has been working in tourism as a tour-guide for educational tours and occasionally as a lecturer on board cruise vessels.
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