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Wildlife of South Georgia, Crozet, and Marion Island

Sur 11, mar 2013 | Aucun Commentaire | Catégorie: Anchor, Carnet de Voyage, Journal de Bord, Wildlife | Auteur: Jason Rodi

After my return from The EXPEDITION for the FUTURE, I presented some images of wildlife to my daughter’s daycare. Here is my collection of penguin, seal, and sea lion images from our time in South Georgia, Crozet, and Marion Island.

The End is the Beginning

I edited this last part from Costa Rica on the night of December 20th, uttering the last words: « This is the beginning » at midnight, as the 13th Baktun, the last cycle of the Mayan calendar, came to an end. Though I had planned to finish this story on this symbolic day, the strike of midnight was a most meaningful occurrence, much like the rest of this blessed journey. There are no more coincidences for me anymore, this is a synchronicity singularity. The future is here.

The EXPEDITION for the FUTURE concludes at the Cape of Good Hope.
This is a preliminary web series heading to television in 2013.

Music:
Gavin Bryars’ Last Hymn from The Sinking of the Titanic
The Naked and Famous’ The Source and The Sun from Passive Me, Aggressive You
and Mogwai’s own remix of Mogwai Fear Satan from Kicking a Dead Pig

The Beginning is the End

Sur 12, déc 2012 | Aucun Commentaire | Catégorie: Carnet de Voyage, Journal de Bord, Time Capsule, Vidéo | Auteur: Jason Rodi

I was going through Amsterdam on my way home from The EXPEDITION for the FUTURE. In my bag was the only copy of the film, the testament to the epic journey that had taken me from the end to the beginning of human exploration, by way of the last place on this good Earth, Bouvetøya. It wasn’t only that I was carrying the entirety of a half million dollar project in my bag, but mostly it was the message that it held. After having climbed the highest mountain on every continent with my father, this final voyage had closed the loop that the first nomads opened in Africa, to as far as they could walk, the Southernmost point of South America. What I discovered along the way could only be described in the form of an image, that of the gateway I found at the Cape of Good Hope. The future in my hand, the entire story came clear to me then, in this European point of transit, neither here nor there. Amsterdam is the last place I filmed for the expedition for I knew that I had a movie. The loop was closed, the beginning was indeed the end.

The Beginning is the End from The NOMADS on Vimeo.

Life on board the Hanse Explorer

Sur 02, mar 2012 | Un commentaire | Catégorie: Carnet de Voyage, Journal de Bord, Navire, Vidéo | Auteur: Jason Rodi

We lost our internet and satellite connection last week. It was a good week on board the Hanse Explorer, permitting us to find our new groove now that we were all by our lonesome. Here, Will Allen graces us with a lovely blues rift.

Meridian

Sur 02, mar 2012 | Aucun Commentaire | Catégorie: Carnet de Voyage, Journal de Bord, Vidéo | Auteur: Jason Rodi

We crossed the meridian from West to East. Cindy’s been doing better, and doing good with recording how she’s feeling. In this video, we also cross an iceberg at sunset, which looks to me like drifting parts of what’s left of the world.

Planning the Zodiac Landing onto Bouvet


Despite being unable to predict the conditions awaiting us on Bouvet Island, we are planning every possibility. This meeting is a great example of Captain Jens, guide Aaron Halstead, and expedition leader Akos Hivekovics bringing all of their knowledge together to figure out the best way to bring the zodiac on Bouvet’s shore. Chakib Bouayed’s kayaking experience might also become very handy in this risky operation that should land us on this extinct volcanoe.

Albatross & Dolphins

Sur 14, fév 2012 | Aucun Commentaire | Catégorie: Carnet de Voyage, Journal de Bord, Vidéo | Auteur: Jason Rodi


The Hanse Explorer is off for South Georgia. There was an unusual amount of albatross, which fits our trip because there’s a whole lot of symbolism around the albatross. They are said to be the souls of dead sailors, so killing an albatross is disastrous bad luck. Someone with a burden or obstacle is said to have ‘an albatross around their neck’, the punishment given in the poem to the mariner who killed the albatross. The head of an albatross being caught with a hook is used as the emblem of the Cape Horners, sailors who have rounded Cape Horn.
Amazingly, hourglass dolphins also joined in to welcome us on the journey.

Aaron Halstead’s Bouvet Briefing

Aaron is in charge of guiding us up Bouvet Island. First we need to find the right spot to land on the island, then find the right way up. It’s a really challenging endeavor in conditions that are impossible to predict. Aaron is clearly the best man to lead us up this unexplored summit, that of the most remote island on Earth.

Cape Horn – The End of Exploration

Sur 12, fév 2012 | Aucun Commentaire | Catégorie: Anchor, Carnet de Voyage, Journal de Bord, Vidéo | Auteur: Jason Rodi

We weren’t sure whether we’d be able to make it to shore, but we successfully visited the southern most point in South America, Cape Horn. Strangely, I could feel the presence of past explorers, of all of humanity reaching out as far as they could.

music by The Books (Twelve Fold Chain) and Stars of the Lid (The Evil That Never Came).

Heidi Norling & Alan Gross – Bridge Interview

Sur 11, fév 2012 | Aucun Commentaire | Catégorie: Anchor, Carnet de Voyage, Journal de Bord, Navire, Vidéo | Auteur: Jason Rodi


Chatting with Chief Officer Heidi Norling of Sweden, and Navigation Officer Alan Gross from Argentina about the journey ahead, from Cape Horn, across the sub-antarctic seas, to the most remote Island on Earth, Bouvet, and finally Cape of Good Hope. This unique adventure is clearly a dream of these sailors.