Monthly Archives: October 2011

Work!

Monday morning arrived, and with the various bits of induction training out of the way, it was time for me to earn my keep and start my job as Comms Manager. Step one was to meet up with the outgoing … Continue reading

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Field training

The next stage of my field training was in the basic mountaineering skills required for anyone who wanted to make it off base and into the more interesting areas of the ridgeline above Rothera. Unfortunately by this time the weather … Continue reading

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Camping trip

One of the really exciting parts of the BAS induction process for newbies is a proper Antarctic camping trip up on the hill above Rothera, to get you acquainted with how to erect the tents, the cooking equipment, the radios … Continue reading

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First night in Rothera

Fortunately, we had arrived just in time for dinner, so the first job was to sit down and get to know the winter team over a plate of stew and potatoes. They turned out to be a great crew, well … Continue reading

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Arriving in Antarctica

I finally arrived in Antarctica on 20th October 2011. It is the most beautiful place I have ever seen. On Tuesday evening, still in our hotel in Punta, the pilots and the Met Office forecaster estimated that we would have … Continue reading

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The journey South

As I write this post, I am sitting in a hotel in Punta Arenas, Chile, looking out at the huge panorama of the Magellan Straits, with the snow-capped hills of Tierra Del Fuego just visible on the far side. In … Continue reading

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Training finished!

Hooray! In theory I now know everything I need to do my job down South… Scary.

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