DescriptionWhen climbing the 7 summits you will end up at Terra Incognita, Antarctica to climb Mt Vinson, with 4897m Antarctica's highpoint. It is the coldest, windiest, driest and highest continent on earth and any travel there is always an adventure. The place where most of our earth's drinkable water is locked in a thick ice layer that covers 98% of Antarctica.The largest part of the travel to Mt Vinson is done inside a closed Russian Ilyushin freight plane, which flies from Punta Arenas, Chile and lands on the ice with wheels! Not only is this the most expensive flight in the world, but it must have the record for most extreme delays as well: departures or returns have been delayed for up till 2 weeks, due to the changing weather conditions. To get to the base of the mountain, you will need to take a second plane, a Twinotter, equipped with skis. This is another unforgettable adventure and the photo above was taken during that flight. Endless field of ice, with a few mountains sticking through. 24 hour day light (in the Antarctic summer, the climbing season) makes this one of the most wonderful places I have ever been to and I can wait to return. Anyone?
Harry Kikstra, Earth Member Since February 2007 Artist StatementWho am I?
Harry Kikstra, a climber/expedition leader/ photographer/ filmmaker/ producer/ writer/ public speaker/ cyclist and many other things that have to do with sharing the beauty of the outdoors. I have climbed the 7 continental highpoints and have travelled a lot and will not stop soon, though normally I am based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Contact me if you want other images or galleries from ExposedPlanet and I will add them.
I, Harry Kikstra, have started ExposedPlanet.comnot only as a way to show my portfolio, but also to share the beauty of our planet. Nowadays negative press & media might make people scared of everything foreign or different: culture, religion, people and the places themselves. This xenophobia is taking over our lives and prevents us from seeing the real world as it is: a wonderful place with beautiful people. There are no bad or evil countries, religions or people. There is bad and good people in every culture, including your own.
I hope I can share a bit of the amazement I have enjoyed while travelling the 7 continents. The more I see, the more I know I still have to see and I will. Life is too short to focus on not-existing enemies & fears.
The posters here all have small borders, with the name of the image and "ExposedPlanet" on them. If needed, they can be cut off or covered with a mat, if you just want to look at the subject only. If needed, I can upload a 'clean' version, just ask. Also please let me know if you are looking for a specific image or subject, as there are many more where these came from and I might be able to help you out, see also my website for a few hundred examples.
These images will also show more of the culture and other nature that is to be found on our 7 continents. I hope that it will sparkle your imagination, make you curious or even just educate you a bit, being maybe the 3 most important aspects of society in my view. A picture can say more than a 1000 wars and can maybe help understand the world around us. It's a small place, so maybe we can make the best of it together..