How White Desert all started…
In 2006, we were stuck in a little tent waiting out a storm. Myself and three teammates were in the midst of a 1,850km traverse of the continent and all of us were feeling a little defeated.
For four days the storm had raged outside. We were getting low on supplies and, even worse – starting to tell the same stories.
“...we wondered why only scientists and the odd polar explorer ever got to see the real Antarctica.”
By that we meant the interior of the continent.
We knew that thousands of people went on the cruise ships that patrolled the periphery, but the interior was almost untouched. We had already found it to be such a surreal and exciting place – surely others should be able to do the same?
“In that little tent, we planned out a new kind of camp”
...One that would be comfortable and heated, more akin to the old-world luxury of the early Victorian explorers – with brass fittings, leather chairs and picnic hampers. There would be a great chef – in the current situation, food was of real significance – and we would have genuine polar explorers as the guides. We wanted it to be small, with only limited numbers of clients experiencing the continent at their own pace.
The other aspect was that it had to be environmentally sound. With 24hrs of sunshine and the intensity of the wind we had already experienced,
“We knew the camp’s energy had to come from Antarctica’s abundant natural resources.”
It was just so obvious to us that wind and solar were the only way to go.
Now, White Desert is a reality. We have now taken hundreds of clients to experience this forbidding and rarely seen interior. And despite all the challenges, each year, it remains an incredible privilege to be there!
- The true meaning of traveling
“There is so little there, but so much to experience! A place where you can find your own true voice, away from the distractions of the outside world. Where you find the true meaning of traveling. ”
Alan Chen, Taiwan