Algae on Ice: Director’s Cut

June 9, 2017

Made a few minor adjustments on this one.

Still worth a look if you have not seen.
Positive feedback is great from your boss.
Not so great from an Ice Sheet.

This is the kind of communication you get for your contributions to Dark Snow Project.



One Response to “Algae on Ice: Director’s Cut”

  1. From the other end of the world

    Amazing drone footage captures never before seen areas of Antarctica

    Melbourne-based adventurer Liam Suckling has scaled Antarctica’s tallest mountain and has captured astonishing drone footage of some never-before-seen areas of the icy continent.

    The summit of Mt Vinson is almost five kilometres above sea level, and is more than twice as high as Australia’s highest peak, Mount Kosciuszko. It is the world’s eighth-highest mountain, and it was discovered only in 1958, five years after Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay scaled Mount Everest.
    Incredible footage of Antarctica’s tallest mountain

    This astonishing drone footage was shot at the summit of Antarctica’s tallest mountain by Melbourne-based adventurer Liam Suckling.

    Because of its sheer isolation and the difficulty of the ascent, only a small number of people have ever climbed it.

    Mr Suckling’s team became the first people to reach the summit of Rogers Peak, a 1.5-kilometre-high Antarctic mountain.

    Melbourne-based adventurer Liam Suckling during his team’s ascent of Antarctica’s tallest mountain, Mount Vinson.
    Melbourne-based adventurer Liam Suckling during his team’s ascent of Antarctica’s tallest mountain, Mount Vinson. Photo: Liam Suckling

    Planning this ascent took 18 months of preparation, and satellite imagery and ground-penetrating radar were used to get a sense of the terrain and work out the path to the top.

    Mr Suckling took a drone with him for his 200 kilometre traversal of Antarctica and has shared some of the astonishing drone footage with The Age.

    The videos capture the beauty and emptiness of the icy continent, showing areas that have never been seen by human eyes.

    “I’ve never climbed in a place that felt so remote – not just in geography or time, I mean beyond the hands of human influence,” he said.

    Mr Suckling has previously climbed some of the world’s most well-known mountains, including Kilimanjaro, Aconcagua, Denali (Mt McKinley), the Matterhorn and Mont Blanc.

    He said the sun did not set the entire time he was in Antarctica, and because his team traversed higher-altitude areas of the continent, they never saw any wildlife or flora.

    “Every dial is turned to 11/10,” he said. “The cold, the light, the wind, the dry, the remoteness.”

    “Nothing escapes the cold there. A chocolate bar or toothpaste tube is rock solid if it’s not kept in a pocket.”

    The crew had to be mindful of their footprint on the pristine landscape, and had to carry all waste back with them to South America for disposal. “Even if crumbs from food were accidentally dropped on the glacier, we would collect these for proper disposal,” he said.

    While the 24-hour sunlight meant the drone’s solar-powered batteries were never at risk of running out of power, the equipment was not designed to work in such freezing conditions.

    “One challenge was keeping electronics operational – aerial drone and camera batteries had to be kept against the body to give them any chance of functioning,” he said.

    Mr Suckling’s Antarctic trek was the first leg of his around-the-world 1Sky.Earth expedition, which will take him to all seven continents scaling some of the world’s tallest mountains.

    He is currently on a motorcycle trek through the Andes in South America, and has been posting regular updates of his travels on social media. He hopes to cap off the trip by scaling Mount Everest in 2020.

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