The International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) has shared some incredible news; a group of islands in the Grandidier Channel will be named the IAATO Islands, to reflect the organization's essential role in advocating and promoting the practice of safe and environmentally-responsible Antarctic tourism. Additionally, various caves, coves, and glaciers are also being named in the spirit of several outstanding individuals who have made significant contributions to developing best practices for travel to this region of the world. Longtime Zegrahm field leader and nautralist Carmen Field, who passed away on May 31, 2016 after battling with cancer, is one of the honorees.
Carmen was an explorer of the world, working in the expedition travel industry for over three decades. She was in her element when in the elements, like walking along blustery Antarctic beaches. She paid attention to what was going on around her, from discerning the seasonal appearances of various shorebirds to discovering a little blob of a marine invertebrate that seemed to defy classification. She, along with her husband Conrad, seemed to have an insatiable curiosity to know more about all things natural, a trait nurtured in their daughter Eryn. Then when guiding, Carmen had this special ability to bring all eyes to focus on the most seemingly ordinary thing, like a blade of kelp or sprig of yarrow.
IAATO chose to name Field Cove, a 3.5km wide and 3km deep cove to the west of Bachstrom Point on Graham Coast, in honor of Carmen, due to her 27 years as an expedition tour guide during the establishment of Antarctic tourism. She visited Antarctica nearly 80 times.
For the full press release from IAATO, visit their website.