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Mount Hope is a dome-shaped hill, rising to approximately 3,500 feet (1,100 m), situated at the foot of the Beardmore Glacier, Ross Ice Shelf, Antarctica at 83°45′S 171°00′E.

Mount Hope
Mount Hope, the dome-shaped hill on the left, photographed by Shackleton's party in December 1908
Highest point
Elevationapprox. 3,500 feet (1,100 m)
Mount Hope
Location of Mount Hope at Antarctica
Ross Dependency
Parent rangeTransantarctic Mountains


It was discovered on 3 December 1908, by Ernest Shackleton and his south polar party, on their journey towards the South Pole during the Nimrod Expedition. Through their ascent of this hill the party gained their first sight of the glacier which provided the route to the polar plateau and the pole itself. Shackleton recorded: "We reached the base of the mountain which we hoped to climb in order to gain a view of the surrounding country [...] With great difficulty we clambered up this rock face, and then ascended a gentle snow slope [...] From the top of this ridge there burst upon our view an open road to the south, for there stretched before us a great glacier [...] stretching away south inland until at last it seemed to merge in high inland ice".[1] Shackleton named the hill that provided this vantage point "Mount Hope", for the promise that it provided. Shackleton's party ascended the glacier to the plateau, but turned back before reaching the Pole.

Three years later, Captain Scott's party followed the same route and reached the Pole, but the entire party perished on the return.

Mount Hope was the site of the final depot laid by the Ross Sea party in 1916, in support of Shackleton's abortive transcontinental march that was to have marked the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition.[2]

See also


  1. Shackleton 1911, p. 180
  2. Tyler-Lewis 2006, p. 146


На других языках

- [en] Mount Hope (Ross Dependency)

[fr] Mont Hope (chaîne Transantarctique)

Le mont Hope est une montagne situé dans la chaîne Transantarctique, à côté du glacier Beardmore et du plateau Antarctique, en Antarctique.

[it] Monte Hope

Il monte Hope (in inglese Mount Hope) è una montagna ai piedi del Ghiacciaio Beardmore, Barriera di Ross in Antartide.

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