Dr. Joseph P. Farrell
December 13, 2016
In the wake of my blogs about the strange goings on in Antarctica lately, several people shared more information about the southern polar continent’s list of visitors, and a very strange list it is indeed. And I thought I’d pass along their findings to the readership here, along with a few remarks and high octane speculations of my own. For example, Mr. D.A. sent along the following list; among the list of visitors to Antarctica, we may now add the fact that former President Bill Clinton visited the Christ Church, New Zealand “Deep Freeze” Base in that city:
Notably, according to this short article, President Clinton spoke via telephone to the American McMurdo base in Antarctica.
But wait… there’s more.
The list also includes Great Britain’s Prince Harry:
According to this article, the visit was a “charity function” for wounded soldiers:
In November 2013, Prince Harry joined one of three teams of wounded servicemen and women to trek to the geographic South Pole for Walking With the Wounded South Pole Allied Challenge.
The three seven-man teams from the UK, Commonwealth and USA departed London for Cape Town on Sunday 17th November to acclimatise at Novolazarevskaya Station, Antarctica.
The expedition to the South Pole began from 87Â° south on 30th November, with the teams reaching the geographic South Pole on 13th December.
The teams of service personnel, all of whom have physical or cognitive injuries, represented and raised funds for military charities from the constituent nations: Soldier On (Canada); Soldier On (Australia); Soldiers to Summits (United States); and Walking With The Wounded (United Kingdom).
Due to the hostile conditions and the nature of the injuries involved, the expedition teams were followed by a support team, who were on hand in case of emergencies.
Trekking around 15km to 20km per day, the teams endured temperatures as low as -45Â°C and 50mph winds as they pull their pulks (custom built arctic sledges), each weighing in excess of 70kg, towards the southernmost point on the globe.
As with previous Walking With The Wounded expeditions, the South Pole Allied Challenge aims to highlight the extraordinary courage and determination of the men and women who have been wounded while serving their countries and to draw attention to the need to help in their career transition.
Stop and ponder that one for a moment: a trip to Antarctica to “highlight the extraordinary courage and determination of the men and women who have been wounded while serving their countries and to draw attention to the need to help in their career transition.” Uh huh… I know that that event certainly stuck in my mind and made me think immediately of how hard career transitions are for wounded soldiers. Frankly, a parade down main street would have been more effective, and therefore I question the story, not that the expedition didn’t happen, but rather, I question the explanation of why it happened.
Oh, and before he left with his entourage, Prince Harry of course spent a little time at the Palace meeting with his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II at a reception:
Before they set off, The Walking With The Wounded teams and Prince Harry met The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh at a reception at Buckingham Palace as they made their final preparations for the 200 mile expedition.
Now, if you’re like me, you will suspect that there was probably a bit more going on here than just a “reception” with grandmum and granddad.
And then finally, we have King Juan Carlos and his Queen making a little trek through the Straits of Magellan on a Chilean navy vessel, before the King “fulfilled an ambition” by visiting Antarctica in 2004:
Now, if you’re keeping royal Antarctica score cards here, that marks the British Royal House, and the Spanish Royal House, as visitors to the continent, and (just for kicks) let’s recall that the House of Windsor, or better put, the House of Saxe-Coburg und Gotha has its own multifaceted connections to the old houses of Hannover, Welf-Este, and of course, the house of Hohenzollern for all you Kaiser Wilhelm II fans. And if we really want to poke around in the family archives a bit, we’d have to include at least historic connections with the House of Orange as well. And the Spanish royal house, similarly, has its own multifaceted historical and biological connections to the Bourbon-Poissons in France, and to the Hapsburgs. One has to wonder, therefore, what the Antarctica gossip was around the royal dinner tables in London and Madrid and in Germany, France, and Austria.
All we’re missing here is a visit by the Romanovs, but given all the other high strangeness, perhaps we can figure that Patriarch Kiril’s visit might have been that of a “representative.”
So adding it all up, we have the following increasingly strange and bizarre list of people that have either visited, or have been connected to, Antarctica:
1) Rudolf Hess (sponsor of 1938-39 Nazi Expedition);
2) Herman Goering(sponsor of 1938-39 Nazi Expedition);
3) Admiral Richard Byrd, visitor, leader of Operation High Jump, 1947, who makes strange remarks for El Mercurio of Santiago de Chile about the USA preparing to defend against “enemy fighters that can fly from pole to pole with tremendous speed”;
4) Russian Orthodox Patriarch of Moscow, Kiril III (visitor), to bless an Orthodox chapel;
5) US Secretary of State John Kerry, visitor, to learn about “climate change” (so we’re told);
6) Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 Moon astronaut, visitor, who tweets about getting ready to “go to the launchpad”, who then has to be evacuated and quarantined;
7) Prince Harry of Great Britain, visitor on a “charity” junket to highlight wounded soldiers and difficult career transitions;
8) King Juan Carlos of Spain, visitor, who wants to fulfill a “lifelong ambition” to see beautiful, scenic Antarctica.
And as if all this were not enough, Buzz Aldrin allegedly tweeted “We are all in danger. It is evil itself,” (Astronaut Buzz Aldrin Tweets “We are all in Danger. It is evil itself”) apparently in reference to the alleged pyramid-mountain found on the continent. I cannot help but to indulge in a little tangential high octane speculation here, since…
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