Notes for Potential Hikers
The route that we followed was only the final small segment of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s May 1916 crossing of South Georgia: his approach to the Stromness Whaling Station. The route that he traveled has been the subject of much debate, and there are several different possibilities that have been mapped. Our walk followed what was likely to have been Shackleton’s route, but our conditions were entirely different from his. We had not spent 20 months trapped by ice in Antarctic waters; nor rowed a 22-foot boat 850 miles across storm-ravaged seas. We were well fed, well-clothed, and our guide led the way.
The route was easy to follow because we followed the guide, as will any other walkers who take this hike. Visitors to South Georgia are not permitted to wander freely, as all human activity is highly regulated in order to protect the environment. The only ambiguous section is at the start through the tussocks and our guide led the way. Fur seals can hide in the tall grasses and sometimes cannot be seen until you almost step on one.
The downhill scree slopes required a bit of caution as the footing was loose in places.
Food and Water
Carry your own.
We were fortunate and had fine weather. Any conditions are possible.