An opportunity that’s ‘out of this world’
Being chosen for a trip Antarctica was ‘‘unreal’’ Sylvie Admore.
A keen mountaineer, the 24-year-old is one of four people chosen to join the Antarctic Heritage Trust’s expedition which gives young explorers a chance to conquer Mount Scott.
Admore says she wanted to get involved because the trip will focus on climbing, one of her strengths.
There were more than 100 applicants.
‘‘To get an opportunity to go and climb something down there is just out of this world,’’ the Riverhead resident says.
Admore is currently training as an officer in the Royal New Zealand Air Force and says the skills she has learnt will help on the trip.
‘‘Mountaineering and climbing is all about teamwork and being in the military is all about teamwork. It’s working with people to achieve something that is normally pretty challenging,’’ she says.
She is most looking forward to the group aspect and learning the experiences her fellow group members have had. As well as communication skills, she says the physical fitness she has from being in the military will be beneficial. to for
‘‘I am lucky that my job gives me time to do that.’’
Applying for the trip included submitting an outreach plan about how she would use the expedition to further teach and inspire other young people.
The voyage entails an 11-day trip starting with a flight to Buenos Aires. They then travel to Ushaia in Argentina where they board an 117-metre vessel Akademik loffe for the journey to the Antarctic Pensinsula.
She says a particularly difficult part of the trip will be travelling through Drake Passage which is ‘‘not a particularly nice stretch of water’’.
Admore says what they do on the trip is weather dependent but the goal is to climb Mount Scott. The group will be led by Antarctic Heritage Trust executive director Nigel Watson.
In a media release, he says ‘‘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’’.
She says they will also stop off at the Antarctic Islands and do some wildlife sightseeing. The group departed on February 13.
Sylvie Admore will get the opportunity to climb Mount Scott.