An opportunity that’s ‘out of this world’

Western Leader - - WHAT’S ON - DANIELLE CLENT

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.

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