GEORGE R "NICK" NICHOLSON, JR

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              Lockeport Nova Scotia

Lockeport is a traditional Nova Scotian fishing

town, situated on an isthmus of land in Allendale

Bay. The area that surrounds the bay is known

as the "Ragged Islands."

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UPCOMING 2014 EXPEDITION

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It’s our pleasure to announce a major ham radio expedition to one of the more remote places on Earth, Amsterdam Island in the southern Indian Ocean. This “DXpedition” is made possible by the generous financial support of the amateur radio community and the world-wide audience following our progress and by the cooperation and support of the French government.

 

 

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RECENT EXPEDITIONS

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Malpelo Isl Colombia SA 2012                   PJ6 SABA RECON 2010

 

 

 

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PETER I ANTARCTICA 2005/2006

Our 3Y0X expedition to Peter I Island marked only the seventh or eighth landing ever on the menacing site.

As Stated by Collier --- "Usually, you can't get near it, you can't even see it, because the little island attracts bad weather." Even the most experienced explorers haven't been able to get near it. "Well, you'll never see Peter I Island," a senior scientist of the Scott Polar Research Institute once told Professor Collier, "I've been trying for 25 years."

Professor Collier reported after seeing the Island:

The view was far from beautiful. "It's the most terrifying place in the world," Professor Collier said, "It's a glacier, all solidified lava, a volcanic cone really, a narrow black sand beach with towering cliffs and ice caps hanging over the black cliffs. And it's sinister and dead. There's no life at all. And you know that you're 3000 miles from the nearest ship and a weather change can trap you at any time." He explains, "When I saw Peter I Island, I felt that if Odysseus landed there, he would have gotten off as soon as possible thinking he was at the gates of hell."

So how would they have gotten off the island if the weather changed abrubtly and the ice passage froze over, as is apt to happen without warning in Antarctica? "Well we wouldn't," Professor Collier said bluntly.

It's moments such as these, close brushes with death, and the profound solitude found at the bottom of the earth where there's no satellite communication and even the best polar technology can't save you from nature, that brought Professor Collier to a heightened sense of enlightenment.

                        

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