Penguin at my feet.... these little guys are totally impulses by people. #antarctica
Hey everyone my name is Eric Larsen (@elexplore) and I'm taking over the @ucogear Instagram feed this week.
Nearly every year in January or February, I make my annual pilgrimage to Lake Winnipeg in Manitoba, Canada where I indoctrinate a bevy of aspiring Shackleton's on the finer points of polar travel and winter survival.
For those of you who don't know. Each year I teach a variety of hands-on-intensives focused on winter and expeditions style travel. The level one course is pretty straight forward. Eight days solid days of polar and winter travel strategy and practice. We base out of a remote cabin on the eastern shore of Lake Winnipeg where we eat, sleep and breath polar-style travel - everything from ski techniques to sleeping at minus 30 to expedition menu planning and more. After a two and a half day primer, we hit the ice for a five day expedition on the lake.
The reason I like coming to this particular location - Lake Winnipeg - versus Baffin Island or Resolute for the Level 1 course is the fact that it is the best place in North America where you get snow surface conditions most similar to Antarctica. High winds sculpt the snow into sastrugi shapes similar to what I've seen in Antarctica on South Pole expeditions. With it's location north of the 50th parallel, the region also offers arctic-like temperatures. In fact, the coldest temperature I've every experienced was on Lake Winnipeg...roughly -65 F with the wind chill. It's really the best of both (polar) worlds.
You in for 2018? Hope so!
British outpost we visited today in #antarctica : Port Lockroy
Penguins everywhere at our stop at Port Lockroy #antarctica
Four years ago, I was exploring the remote stretches of southern Argentina on a solo trek. One year ago, I was completing Chile's W Trek in Torres del Paine. Today I depart again for Patagonia--this time to set sail for Antarctica! I can't wait to share the adventure with you.