Orpheus Gate

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Location of Livingston Island in the South Shetland Islands.
Orpheus Gate, with Pliska Ridge on the right.
Topographic map of Livingston Island, Greenwich, Robert, Snow and Smith Islands.

Orpheus Gate (Orfeeva Porta \or-'fe-e-va 'por-ta\) is a 548 m high, 380 m wide, pass in eastern Livingston Island in the South Shetland Islands, Antarctica bounded by Pliska Ridge to the southeast and Burdick Ridge to the northwest, Huntress Glacier to the southwest and Perunika Glacier to the northeast.

The pass forms part of the overland routes from Hurd Peninsula via Willan Saddle, the southern foothills of Burdick South Peak, and Orpheus Gate to upper Perunika Glacier, Wörner Gap area, upper Huron Glacier, Tangra Mountains and Bowles Ridge.

Orpheus, a name of world and national culture, was originally applied in 1995 to a nearby peak but, due to the priority of the existing British nameform Willan Nunatak, was subsequently transferred to the present feature.[1]


The midpoint is located at 62°38′35″S 60°14′31″W / 62.64306°S 60.24194°W / -62.64306; -60.24194Coordinates: 62°38′35″S 60°14′31″W / 62.64306°S 60.24194°W / -62.64306; -60.24194, which is 6.3 km east of St. Kliment Ohridski base, 7.84 km east-northeast of Juan Carlos I base, 1.77 km east-northeast of Willan Saddle, 2.21 km southeast of Rezen Saddle, 3.87 km southwest of Omurtag Pass, 6.82 km west-southwest of Pirdop Gate, 3.61 km west of Camp Academia site, 5.29 km west of Lozen Saddle and 5.48 km northwest of Catalunyan Saddle (Detailed Spanish mapping in 1991, elevation and distances according to the Bulgarian topographic survey Tangra 2004/05).

First crossed by the Bulgarian Kuzman Tuhchiev from St. Kliment Ohridski Base during the 1993/94 season.




This article includes information from the Antarctic Place-names Commission of Bulgaria which is used with permission.