Expedition watch: Baffin Babes on South Georgia

Posted: Oct 16, 2012 05:12 pm EDT

(Newsdesk) Remember the four Scandinavian girls, alias Baffin Babes, Emma Simonsson, Kristin Folsland Olsen, Vera Simonsson and Ingebjørg Tollefsen who skied 1200 km on Baffin Island in the Canadian Arctic in 2009? Since then they have ventured to places like Svalbard and Kyrgyzstan.

Currently they are sailing from the Falkland Islands to South Georgia to ski and climb for a month. ExWeb caught up with Emma just before they boarded. Here is what she shared about their game plan, their biggest challenges and their custom designed sleds:

“Hello! Yes we are setting out on a new expedition. Sailing from the Falkland Islands today; then skiing on South Georgia for about a month! Will be really exciting!”

“We are starting in Right Whale Bay, on the north east side, and finishing in Larsen Harbor in the south, but will probably go with the boat to pass a short section in the middle of the island, in order to be able to ski as much as possible during the time we are there!”

“We are all very excited to explore the mountains, and hang out with the penguins and elephant seals. The wildlife looks amazing!”

“The biggest challenges will be the storms coming in real quick, fast weather changes and probably tricky passages through the glaciers with lots of crevasses. It’s hard to get a picture of the terrain before being there since the map is of scale 1:200 000.”

“We have designed the sleds so we can carry them as backpacks if necessary in rough terrain, where there are a lot of crevasses and if there is lack of snow along the coastal passages. Each one will probably weight around 30-35 kg.”

Soon sailing off to South Georgia! from Emma Simonsson on Vimeo.

In an previous interview with ExplorersWeb, Austrian polar skier and mountaineer, Christoph Höbenreich, tells about his experience on South Georgia and says it is a place for experienced ice and snow climbers and skiers.

The Swedish and Norwegian girls will write updates on their Facebook page along the way.

Related links:

Previous: Baffin Babes arrived at their destination (Baffin Island)

ExWeb interview with Christoph Höbenreich: South Georgia, a place for experienced ice and snow climbers and skiers

Norwegian kayakers unsupported round South Georgia

Baffin Babes website

#Trek #Polar #interview

Emma Simonsson, Kristin Folsland Olsen and Vera Simonsson during preparations for South Georgia.
courtesy Baffin Babes, SOURCE
The girls have designed the sleds so they can carry them as backpacks if necessary in rough, crevasse and rocky terrain. In the image, more preparations for SG.
courtesy Baffin Babes, SOURCE
On the boat from the Falklands to South Georgia.
courtesy Baffin Babes
Baffin Babes after their 2009 Baffin Island expedition: "Our main goal with this trip was to enjoy every day to the fullest. So we have." Image taken during this 80-day expedition.
courtesy Baffin Babes

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