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Antarctica Update

June 8, 2011
Camped under the Myth, Adelaide island.

Camped under the Myth, Adelaide island.

OK. Apologies. Its been far too long since my last blog. Around 6 or 7 months! Finally here is a picture of my new home for 18 months. Thats not to say that the tent in the picture is actually home though I have spent nearly 3months of my time here in one of those tents. We actually have a very well appointed base with all mod cons. Over the summer months there are over 100 folks on base but now during the Antarctic winter there are just 20 of us keeping the base running till next summer.

 

I have also taken the opportunity to update and expand the photo gallery section of the web site. So if you visit the gallery page you will see galleries for:

North American rock climbing

Baffin Island

Greenland

Nepal – Ama Dablam

Pakistan – Hushe valley

as well as a large gallery of Antarctic images. I hope you enjoy them. I’ll try and keep new images coming a bit more regularly from now on.

 

Ian

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Punta Arenas, Chile – Antarctica here we come!

November 8, 2010
Beautiful woodland above Punta Arenas

Beautiful woodland above Punta Arenas

“Hurry up and wait!”

is the unofficial BAS motto. (Not sure what the real one is mind). So after weeks of changed departure dates in the UK – getting all excited and rushing around only to be delayed again I finally left Heathrow on 2 Nov. We then kept “hurrying” around various airport systems and “waiting” in numerous queues in baggage claim, customs and immigration.

The process continued in Punta Arenas. You have to be at breakfast early every day and assume you will be flying that day only to almost certainly be told that you are not and you can have the rest of the day off. However don’t go far just in case the plan changes again…

Hurry up and Wait…. spot on!

We did manage 1 great day out. Hired bikes and cycled through town out onto dirt roads and up to the nearby national park which also has a ski hill. There we dumped the bikes and had a lovely walk through dense stunted woodland. All the trees were covered in hanging mosses which was catching the sunlight in a magical way. All being well my next post will be from Rothera as we are due to fly at lunchtime today. Excitement is clearly building in everyone in the group.

The coastline from Punta Arenas

The coastline from Punta Arenas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Punta Arenas

Punta Arenas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Patagona - a street sign reminder of where you are.

Patagona - a street sign reminder of where you are.

Pastures new – and snowy

October 3, 2010
map of antarctica

map of antarctica

Well they say a change is as good as a rest. So I’m off to Antarctica for 18 months!! It will definitely be a change though I’m pretty sure there wont be much resting.

I shall be working as a field assistant for British Antarctic Survey. The primary part of my role is to facilitate the scientists in carrying out their investigations. As such we will spend lots of time out on the ice travelling by skidoo and on foot over glaciated terrain. Living in 2 man pyramid tents and trying not to fall down too many crevasses.

I shall be keeping you informed of my adventures while I am away and will be happy to answer any questions folk may have about life in Antarctica.

Fact No. 1. Did you know Antarctica is a desert? Not only is it the coldest continent on earth it is also the driest.

pyramid tents out on the ice

pyramid tents out on the ice