Inspiring Explorers' Expedition 2017

Connecting young people with Antarctica's history and the spirit of exploration.

Credit: Nigel Watson

2017 Expedition - Antarctic Peninsula and Mt Scott


Antarctic Heritage Trust is a New Zealand based charity with a vision of inspiring explorers. One of the Trust’s strategic goals is to encourage young people to explore the world to educate and inspire them.


The Trust is providing an opportunity of a lifetime in February 2017 for young New Zealanders to participate in a heavily sponsored expedition to the Antarctic Peninsula. Weather and conditions permitting the team will attempt a guided ascent of Mt Scott. In climbing the heavily glaciated 880m peak, the young explorers will celebrate and continue the legacy of famous early explorer Robert Falcon Scott, from whom the mountain takes its name. 

This expedition follows on from the success of the Trust’s inaugural Inspiring Explorers' Expedition, which crossed South Georgia Island via the Shackleton route in late 2015.

This expedition aims to encourage:

  1. young people to explore the physical world to educate and inspire them
  2. those participating to inspire others to explore


Nigel Watson (expedition leader) with William Pike, Isobel Ewing, Kevin Nicholas (guide), Sylvie Admore and Simon Lucas. Mt Cook in the background.

What does the expedition involve?

The Trust’s partner is respected Antarctic tour operator, One Ocean Expeditions. This expedition will be part of their existing scheduled 11 day commercial tour, Antarctic Peninsula Adventure, to the Antarctic Peninsula from South America aboard Akademik Ioffe, a 117m vessel that caters for up to 92 guests. The team leaves in mid-February and will be away for two weeks.

Who are our expedition members?

We received applications from almost 100 young people who were keen to come on our adventure.  We are delighted to welcome William Pike, Isobel Ewing, Sylvie Admore and Simon Lucas as our 2017 Inspiring Explorers.

Find out more about them here and view a photo gallery of their recent training trip at Mt Cook.

As part of their participation in this expedition they will deliver an outreach programme using social media, blogging, photography, short film, and media as well as presenting to schools, corporates and community organisations. If you are interested in one of the members speaking to your organisation please contact us. Their mission is to share their story and inspire others to explore.


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