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Finding my way

Finding my way back to Antarctica with the help of Google Earth

Finding my way back to Antarctica with the help of Google Earth

Finding my way 3 min read

Conrad Anker

Finding my way Mountaineer and Rock Climber, The North Face Team athleteEditor’s note: This guest post comes from Conrad Anker. A rock climber and adventurer who used Google Earth to aid his quest to explore Antarctica’s remote Queen Maud Land with other athletes from The North Face team.

Finding my way
Finding my way

Finding my way back to Antarctica with the help of Google Earth

Two decades later,  the same thirst for pushing limits in the face of the unknown is calling  me back to Queen Maud Land.

This time the adventure began with my family in the comfort of our living room in Bozeman. Montana our paper maps are replaced with smartphones and laptops.

I always tell my family that the most important part of the mission is coming home

a goal that requires obsessive preparation. Planning and training.

Google Earth allowed us to drop pins on potential landing zones suitable for the fixed wing aircraft we were going to travel in.

With the ability to visually assess the landscape in 3D. We could better see hazards and challenges before embarking on the expedition.

Finding my way
Finding my way

Climate change has dramatically altered the landscape of the Antarctica I explored in the nineties and looking at up-to-date satellite imagery helped me come up with a new approach to navigating the terrain

When we finally touched down on the ice, my fellow climber Cedar Wright aptly mentioned that. “it was pretty surreal to recognize a place you had never physically been by your time spent exploring it remotely using Google Earth.” And he was right. After we got our bearings.

Finding my way back to Antarctica with the help of Google Earth

Conrad Anker working his way up Ulvetanna, “The Wolf’s Tooth,” in the Drygalski Mountain Range, in Antarctica. Photo by Savannah Cummins.

On expeditions like these we are reminded of why we explore. They’re a physical and mental challenge that demonstrate how we are capable of succeeding in places we never before thought possible.

The spirit of exploration is alive and well across our society and technology like Google Earth. Opens up even more possibilities to explore … so. What will your next adventure be?

Learn more about the expedition and check out all of the photos and videos from The North Face expedition to Antarctica

Finding my way
Finding my way

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We peeked in with trepidation. Knowing that once we arrived on the ice cap, our lives would depend on rough estimations and ballpark figures. Which still left a lot to chance

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Knowing that once we arrived on the ice cap, our lives would depend on rough estimations and ballpark figures. Which still left a lot to chance

Knowing that once we arrived on the ice cap, our lives would depend on rough estimations and ballpark figures. Which still left a lot to chance

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