Antarctica 2022 [2.0] Day #1: Deception Island – Skiing in an Active Volcano…

Miles Clark | | Trip ReportTrip Report

Report from November 29, 2022

On November 27, 2022, we set sail with Ice Axe Expeditions on the Ocean Diamond for Antarctica for our 2nd trip ski guiding there within a month.

On this 2nd trip, we got lucky with a calm Drake Passage (ocean between Antarctica & South America) and we were able to make good time.

Making good time meant we could ski Deception Island in the South Shetland Islands.

Surreal landscapes. image: snowbrains

Skiing Deception Island is insane…

Skiing into the Crater of an Active Volcano 🌋 complete with Steaming Geothermal Beach, Whaling Station Ruins, Penguins, Seals, and Dirty but Great Corn Snow!

As exotic as skiing gets?

Deception Island


Deception Island last erupted in 1967 & 1969.

This place is both bizarre & exceptional, epic & tragic, timeless & ephemeral…



Volcanic sand. image: snowbrains
Whaler’s Bay. image: snowbrains
Whaling station ruins. image: snowbrains
Ben. image: snowbrains
Water boat. image: snowbrains
Whale oil silos. image: snowbrains
Water boat. image: snowbrains
The beach steams here from geothermal activity. image: snowbrains
Emily. image: snowbrains
Coming out of the gate hot! image: snowbrains

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