Monthly Archives: April 2012

The winter trip

Preparation The winter trip is part holiday, part Antarctic training camp. It is an opportunity for us to get off base for a bit and see the sights, but also pick up a bit of experience about how to survive … Continue reading

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Sunrise

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Manhauling

Many of the great Antarctic adventurers relied on manhauling as their sole means of transport. Scott and his men dragged their sledges halfway across the continent, and modern-day explorers such as Fiennes and Stroud carried on the tradition in their … Continue reading

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Tsunami alert!

Antarctica can always throw up some surprises, but none more so than on Saturday morning when we received an alert from BAS staff based in the Falkland Islands. A magnitude 6.2 earthquake had been recorded, with its epicentre right in … Continue reading

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Fur seal

Fur seals are generally nasty, aggressive creatures that growl and bark at you if you so much as look in their direction. They also smell horrendous – a sort of fishy sewage odour.  All in all, they’re not the most … Continue reading

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More climbing

The couple of photos below are from a recent trip up Irn-Bru Couloir, which is a great little mixed climb only about 1km away from base. Thanks to Ali for the pics.

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The Stork Traverse

I wrote this a while ago, but haven’t had time to put it up on the blog. However,  only a couple of weeks late, here goes: One of the big bonuses of heading into winter is that working at weekends … Continue reading

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