Showing posts with label South Pacific. Show all posts
Showing posts with label South Pacific. Show all posts

Video: Sliding Fire - Skiing and Snowboarding on an Active Volcano in the South Pacific

We've seen a lot of skiing and snowboarding films over the years, but none like this one. In this short documentary we travel to Vanuatu in the South Pacific where we join freeriders Xavier de le Rue, Victor De Le Rue, and Sam Smoothy as they test their skills on the side of an active volcano in a place where there is no snow. As you would expect, it turns out to be quite an adventure in a place that looks like paradise on Earth.

Video: Drones Capture Close Encounter with Whales

It is tough to top last week's video in which a curious whale approached a passing boat, providing some spectacular footage of a humpback that was very up close and personal. But, this clip will come very close as it was shot in the South Pacific near the islands of New Caledonia. Using a drone, the crew of this ship were able to capture not only the incredibly deep blue ocean waters found there, but also several whales that once again wandered up to their boat. It is a truly amazing scene to behold and one that I think you'll find as enchanting as I did.

Video: The Wilds of the South Pacific

When you think about the wild places on our planet, the South Pacific with its pristine beaches, crystal clear waters, and iddlic tropical settings aren't necessarily the first place that comes to mind. But that part of the world is quite remote, and there are some unique wildernesses that remain intact there. This video takes us to Western Papua, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Kiribati, Cook Islands, Tuamotu Archipelago and Marquesas Islands in French Polynesia where we see those landscapes and meet the people that live there. This is a breathtaking part of the world that has to be seen to be believed.

Wilds of the South Pacific from GALAXIID on Vimeo.

Kon-Tiki2 Looks to Follow in the Footsteps of Thor Heyerdahl

An epic sea journey got underway this past weekend in South America, where a team of sailors from around the world have set off on two rafts made of balsa wood in an attempt to sail from Peru to Easter Island. The crew hope to explore possible migration patterns for early Polynesian cultures, which may have migrated to the remote South Pacific islands on similar craft centuries ago.

The two rafts – dubbed Rahiti Tane and Tupac Yupanqui – were built from wood that was gathered in Ecuador. They'll now attempt to follow a similar journey to the one that was famously completed by Thor Heyerdahl and his team back in 1947. Heyerdahl had hoped to prove that his theory of early sailors setting out from South America to the South Pacific was true, and in the process he sailed more than 8000 km (5000 miles) from the mainland to the Tuamotu Islands. He later wrote a bestselling book about his adventure entitled Kon Tiki, which was the name of his raft, and the inspiration for this modern journey as well.

The crew of the Kon-Tiki2 expedition left Lima Peru on Sunday and are now making their way across the Pacific Ocean. They'll sail more than 3757 km (2334 miles) to reach their destination, but unlike Heyerdahl, the plan is to also sail back. This will make the journey even more perilous, as no one has been able to successfully complete a return voyage as of yet. The entire round-trip is expected to cover more than 10,000 km (6200 miles).

The research opportunities go beyond just studying possible migration patterns in the Pacific however. The team also hopes to survey the amount of pollution and waste that is found in the water as well, and observe the population levels of certain species of Tuna too.

Heyerdahl's expedition took 101 days to complete, but the Kon-Tiki2 will likely last longer. Not only are the two rafts traveling longer distances, they are also making a return trip in very different wind patterns and ocean currents. How long the crew will be at sea remains to be seen, as some days they will probably cover long distances, and on others they'll drift more slowly.

You can follow the expedition as it unfolds on the official website and Facebook page. Good luck to the crew! It should be interesting to see how it all plays out in the days a

Bora Bora Bound!

I know I've only just returned from South Dakota, but I'm already hitting the road again tomorrow, this time for an actually vacation/honeymoon. As many of you know, I got married back in July, but we delayed our honeymoon until now in order to coincide with some other family events. That means that tomorrow I'll be flying off to the South Pacific to enjoy a bit of rest and relaxation on the island of Bora Bora, a decidedly non-adventurous destination that will never the less be fun and interesting.

Because I'll be away enjoying some time with my new bride there won't be any updates to the blog for about a week and a half. I'll return to the states on Sept. 9, but will continue the honeymoon with friends and family in California for a bit. Updates will resume on Monday, Sept. 14. Hopefully you'll remain patient and bear with me until then.

The fall is looking very promising in terms of upcoming expeditions and possibilities for adventure. We'll hit the ground running again soon. Until then, get outside, enjoy the changing season, and pursue some adventures of your own.

I'll be back before you know it!

Video: Climbing Poumaka with Mike Libecki and Angie Payne

This past February, climbers Mike Libecki and Angie Payne spent 16 days climbing a 1500-foot (458 meter) rock spire known as Poumaka. Located on a remote island in French Polynesia, the tower proved to be an 8-pitch challenge that involved heavy rains, slick surfaces, and plenty of mud. This video takes us behind the scenes of that climb, as 3 Strings Productions looks to document the expedition. The result is a great look at an amazing climb, and a sneak peek at what goes on behind the scenes to capture these adventure films. Great stuff.