Ravenstonedale Kirkby Stephen Cumbria

Brasshopper in South Georgia 2000

When Martin travels to the British Antarctic Survey base at Signy he goes via the remote island of South Georgia. In 2000 he took Brasshopper to South Georgia. Here he is at Shackleton's grave at Grytviken, South Georgia.

South Georgia lies southeast of the Falklands in the midst of the Southern Ocean, one of the most remote regions on earth. South Georgia's climate is dominated by the freezing effects of the Antarctic continent 1,000 miles to the south. Glaciers coat more than half the island, and the scenery is spectacular, as if the Alps had been dropped down in the south Atlantic. The island is administered by Great Britain and, like the Falklands, is claimed by Argentina. Capt. James Cook took possession of South Georgia in 1775. The number of people on the island fluctuates seasonally; there is no permanent population.

Brasshopper in South Georgia 2000