surgent wrote:...These remote islands always fascinate me. It's sobering that in 2012, there are still "firsts" to be done.
In a similar vein to Bouvetoya, the high points of Peter I Island (Lars Christensen Peak 1775m) and the high point of the Balleny Islands (Brown Peak 1524m) are both unclimbed. Like Bouvetoya, they are protected by remoteness, terrible weather and steep cliffs rising out of the sea.
As an aside, Bouvetoya was visited by the Nazi expedition to Antarctica in 1938, en route to Queen Maud Land. They planned to annex the Norwegian Antarctic claim, and though they barely got ashore, they did several long flights that took the first photos of the big rock spires like Ulvetanna that are now famous. It was from this trip that so many rumours emanated about secret Nazi bases in Antarctica, hiding Hitler, gold and UFOs.