Never used ice axe and crampons, just a walker really but I will do a course in Scotland at some point. You are well on the way to the 7 highest in 7 continents (or will be soon).
They aren't too difficult to use unless on technical climbs; crossing crevasses are always a bit daunting, especially if you the 'monkey' at the front... exciting though...
I had hoped to do the 7 Summits but ridiculously expensive with Everest and Vinson both being way over £20k; the Pyramid in the Pacific is nearly £10k too... I had been due to attempt Aconcagua in 2012 but got sent to the Falklands; no chance I'd have got across to the mountain!
My grandmother's uncle was reburied next the Shackleton's grave a few years ago. My mother visited and placed some stuff on Frank's grave for the family. She said it is absolutely beautiful there. She also loved the Falklands whe she was invited to the Governors house for a feed.
I have a nice picture of both graves; South Georgia was epic - an absolute wilderness but utterly breathtaking. It is tough to get to with an 18hr flight to Mount Pleasant followed by a 3.5 day voyage by ship on rough seas; I was on ice watch during the night and thankfully never missed any!
Stanley is a truly idyllic little town overlooking the harbour with the Mt Longdon, Two Sisters etc in the background. Government House overlooks the harbour and still bears the scars of the 1982 conflict, as does much of the islands... If you ever get chance to visit, jump at the chance as the South Atlantic is an amazing location.
Edited by GeordieSaint, 17 May 2014 - 09:45 AM.