Sea Kayaking / Touring
South Shetland Islands, Antarctica - January 16, 2017
First expedition to traverse the South Shetlands by kayak.
“Antarctic Integration” takes its name from the unique international environment of the area, where so many nations converge in a single place in peaceful collaboration, elevating Antarctica as a symbol of universal integration.
The Antarctic Integration expedition team will set out to be the first paddlers to traverse Antarctica’s South Shetland Islands by kayak. They plan to record the natural elements and the impact of human presence in the territory for a forth coming documentary. This record will be made from the discreet, deep and non-invasive perspective of a kayak expedition.
To begin the expedition, on January 16th, kayakers Roger Rovira (Catalonia), Exequiel Lira (Chile) and expedition leader Cristian Donoso (Chile) will embark on the AP- 41 Chilean Navy transport “Aquiles” to cross the Drake Sea to the South Shetland.
Once there, the expedition team will begin a self-sufficient kayak trip to explore all the main islands of the archipelago: Snow (Cape Conway), Livingstone, Crescent, Robert, Nelson, King George (Merville Point) and other smaller islands.
The paddlers will likely cover over 150 miles during the expedition, and with that Christian Donoso will have kayaked more miles in Antarctica than anyone else. He had previously completed 800 miles on expeditions in the Antarctic Peninsula in 2008 and 2010.