The Journey Six young Australian climbers ventured in the summer of 1998 in a small (15m) yacht named Tiama. In Polynesian Maori, Tiama means “freedom”. This was her maiden voyage into icy waters. Her skipper Henk Haazen is a veteran of high-latitude sailing. We were the crew and the passengers. None of us had sailed a passage like this before. Leaving South America, we rounded Cape Horn and spent 5 days sailing to the Danco Coast on the Antarctic Peninsula. Our destination was Brialmont Cove. The nautical guide said it was “uncharted and permanently fouled by icebergs”. This curtain of peril lifted for us to sail in and get ashore to climb and ski for two weeks. We had special permission granted to enter this area as no one had previously set foot here. We were totally self reliant and self sufficient and made several ascents and ski descents of mountains in the area. Later we returned to the coast to be met by Tiama to explore the surrounding coastline and islands. Time has no meaning for Antarctica. Time is perhaps only of significance for us humans when it comes to how we dwell on this planet. Antarctica has no indigenous human presence, so we are all drawn to places like this to understand and know what every place was like before we came to pass. As visitors we left no trace other than ski tracks and footprints. In 1998 this kind of trip was rare. Nowadays it is common place to sail in yachts or travel by cruise liner to the peninsula. It is a place for all to enjoy and preserve and we are grateful we have had the opportunity to have been there. 10 years later these images have come from the extensive archive I made of the trip. Of some 3000 frames on medium format and 35mm film, these are the images that best express what I still feel about this amazing and sacred place. I have photographed commercially and as an artist since 1993 alongside stints working in solar cell engineering, plant research and in my love for the outdoors through climbing, skiing, and writing. Ten Steps to Climb a Mountain 1. Discover your mountain. A mountain is something standing higher than anything else around. 2. Gather your friends. Be excited about this mountain. Some friends may not be interested because they are busy. If they cannot come, you can still go. It is your mountain after all. 3. Find things and stuff you will need. Bring a tent and a cosy sleeping bag. Remember a warm jumper, a jacket, and some boots. Mountains sometimes get a little cold. 4. Put all your things in a pack. Include some snacks and drinks. 5. Find a grown up to take you to the mountain. Some grown ups will be busy, so you may need to ask many grown ups before you find one to take you to your mountain. You might need to drive, fly, take a boat, or even walk. 6. Remember your compass and map. The compass will tell you which way is home, and the map is a good tablecloth when you stop for snacks. 7. Start your ascent. Take as long as you want. Enjoy your mountain and stay long enough to make friends. Mountains only let you climb them when you are their friend. 8. Stand at the top! Look all around and see the view. Study what you see very carefully. When you get home, grown ups will always ask you what you saw. Grown ups always ask lots of silly questions. 9. When you have said thank you and goodbye to your mountain, head for home. If you are fortunate, your mum will have dinner waiting for you. Tomorrow you will be famous and people will want to know what you saw. It will be hard to share the secrets you made with the mountain, but you must try nevertheless. 10. Leave plenty of time in your life for climbing mountains. Try not to be busy like other grown ups. The mountain will always be there, but we will not. You might grow too old and busy to climb mountains. Go find a mountain now!