Synopsis: Antarctica is a place of true wilderness that few get to visit, let alone connect with. Sophie Ballagh and Ewan Blyth, two paddlers with adventurous spirits, whom when presented with a unique opportunity to undertake a self-supported sea kayak expedition in Antarctica, took it. They took it as an opportunity to go beyond adrenalin-based desires and instead took it as an opening to explore as much within themselves as discovering the magical, ice-choked waterways of the Antarctic Peninsula.
Throughout the film, connection, along with the solitude and remoteness of the journey are woven in, together with an insight into the preparations necessary for an expedition of this nature. Along with candid images of the complexities of daily life in this unique environment, this story aims to inspire other adventurous folk to do more than explore just the physical realm of wilderness, for there really is much more to discover.
Together, Ewan and Sophie have insatiable appetite for exploration, self-discovery and living a life that embraces all that they have and all that they are. Their strengths in life and in the outdoors are highly complimentary and have seen them build a partnership of solid technical skills and knowledge, sound risk management and calculated decision making. And through these shared and combined values, they worked together and have tackled numerous adventures together in many corners of the globe, always a solid team in even the most demanding scenarios. Sophie Ballagh – Kia Ora! Sophie is an outdoor professional from New Zealand. She has been adventuring, instructing and guiding in her home country and around the world for the last decade. During her professional guiding career, Sophie has lead countless multi-day sea kayaking expeditions in the rugged fiords of her native New Zealand and along Canada’s famed BC coast in addition to guiding clients on river trips and multi-day hiking journies. Her expertise extends to the polar world where she has spent many seasons guiding clients on hikes, sea kayaking trips and small boat excursions around the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard, along the Antarctic Peninsula and around the rugged and remote South Georgia. Ewan Blyth – G’day! Born in Tasmania, Australia, Ewan spent his childhood growing up on a farm and exploring the vast wilderness of his home state. Ewan has now travelled widely, for work and pleasure, leading expeditions in Vietnam, summiting peaks in Ecuador, undertaking reconnaissance missions for hydropower projects in the wilds of PNG, leading extended sea kayaking trips in the rugged South-West of Tasmania to canyon guiding in the Japanese Alps and Polar Guiding to name but a few of his adventures. Ewan has developed a profound respect for the power of exploring our inner world, our minds, and in doing so, hopes to inspire others to see the connections and take on their own explorations, their own adventures.