Antarctica can be considered one of the world’s last remaining frontiers. Other than brave explorers and adventurers who reach its harsh yet beautifully carved landscape, it has remained largely untouched by human inhabitation.
But how does one explore such a mythical and intact environment?
Global Eco Adventures in Camden is planning its fourth expedition to the continent and is accepting applicants for a trip in an effort to educate and sensitize travelers to global environment management.
Lt. Col. Tom Mullikin, an environmental attorney and president of GEA, said he believes that by getting people into raw environments like Antarctica, it creates a greater sense of our global impact in the United States and how others in the world can effect the global environment.
“We are teaching people about the environment in the environment,” Mullikin said. “It makes it much more powerful to teach people about these issues when you are actually there.”
The exploratory team will consist of 14 members who have a willingness to learn about the environment and don’t mind the close quarters and cold weather. The 12-day expedition will set off Dec. 6 from Ushuaia, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world.
The expedition ship Sea Adventurer will then travel through Drake’s Passage, the expanse of ocean between Cape Horn and Antarctica, and land at the South Shetland Islands near the Antarctic Peninsula. The team will then spend five days exploring the fragile Antarctic ecosystem and conclude the journey back in Ushuaia on Dec. 17.
In addition to the exploratory component of the expedition, team-members will go through a series of lectures for college and legal education credit, have an opportunity to go sea-kayaking in the Southern Ocean and hike to penguin colonies that thrive in the frozen landscape.
Mullikin, who will lead the expedition, has traveled all over the globe scaling monumental mountain peaks and has SCUBA-dived in every ocean. Mullikin says that Antarctica is one of his favorite destinations.
“It is really life-altering for people that go down there,” Mullikin said. “When you take people out of their comfort area and see places that are impacted, it begins to change their perspectives. It’s our passion, and we love to take people to see the environment.”