Skog and her team celebrating reaching the South Pole. From left: Cecilie Skog,
Per-Henry Borch og Rolf Bae.
© Cecilie Skog`s website: www.CecilieSkog.com
Hvitserk (www.Hvitserk.no) is a pioneering tour
operator in Norway with clients first and foremost from their home country, but
also from other countries. Their expeditions to the South Pole in 2005 is
Norway`s first on commercial basis. It means that these tours has been organised
by a tour operator for paying participants.
According to the team`s expedition website www.southpole05.no, never has any
previous expedition gone faster to the Geographical South Pole, while doing it
the real way: from outside the Antarctic continent, and without any support.
Photo. Cecilie with a mask for protecting her
face against the coldness. With minus 60 Celsius it`s urgent.
Skog`s website: www.CecilieSkog.com.
Cecilie Skog works as an tour guide for the Norwegian tour operator
Hvitserk. This company arranges at the moment two Antarctic expeditions who
have started at the same time but some distance apart from each other,
skiing between 910 and 960 km to the South Pole.
One group consists of 5 people, and the other of 6
people. Both make an attempt to reach the South Pole
unsupported, through a new route from the 82nd degree.
Referred from their expedition`s website www.southpole05.no: "We will fly
from Punta Arenas in Chile to Patriot Hills," the team reports. "From here we
will be flown further in a Twin Otter until we find a suitable landing area on
the Ronnie-Fleichner Ice Shelf near the Foundation Ice Stream and on the 82nd
degree of latitude. We are two groups who will start at the same time but some
distance apart from each other."
Cecilie Skog`s boyfriend, Rolf Bae, is the expedition leader in the team she join. The couple attempted K2
last summer and this time their K2 base camp manager Per Henry Knudsen is
joining the polar adventure. The six-member group includes Germans Roland
Krueger, Rolf Dieter Seel, and Austrian Wolfgang Melchior.
The second group is leaded by Inge Meløy, who has leaded a number of
Greenland crossing expeditions. Inge also works for Hvitserk-Eventyrreiser.
Other members are Norwegians Asbjørn Hjertenes, Jann Ivar Didriksen, Hanne Marit
Normann, and British Simon Streater.
The race to be the first expedition to reach the
Pole was eventually won by Roald Amundsen when he planted the Norwegian flag at
the South Pole on 14th December 1911.
Stein Morten Lund, 28 December 2005
team`s expedition website is www.southpole05.no.
Cecilie Skog`s website: www.CecilieSkog.com.
The organiser of the two expeditions to the South Pole,
the tour operator Hvitserk: www.Hvitserk.no.
Vinson is one of the Seven Summits. It's the tallest mountain in Antarctic
and one of the 7 summits (www.7summits.com).
Report in Norwegian:
I snart en måned har de vært
på vei mot målet etter å ha fulgt en helt ny rute inn til Sydpolpunktet. Nå
står Mount Vinson for tur før de returnerer til Norge i slutten av januar.
Fjellet er det høyeste i Antarktis og for Cecilie blir dette det sjette av
Travel Explorations har tidligere dekke hennes klatreekspedisjoner på K2 og
Mount Everest. Les mer om Cecilie Skog og hennes bragder på www.TravelExplorations.com.
Man kan også følge nåværende ekspedisjon i Antarktis på
Cecilie`s Blogg på websiden til den norske nasjonale avisen www.Dagbladet.no.
Pressekontakt for Cecilie hjemme i Norge er Bjørn
For de som ønsker å komme i kontakt med Cecilie kan enten
- skrive en mail
til firstname.lastname@example.org eller
- ringe +47 480 12 723