Low Camp – 30th November 2018

November 30, 2018Antarctica

Goodbye high winds and hello Low Camp! The weather forecast had much improved so we headed up towards Low Camp, an 800m altitude gain and around a 5hr of roped glacier travel. We left once the sun was hitting most of the route up so we could benefit from a warmer hike up. The temperature … Read More

A Chilled Birthday – 29th November 2018

November 29, 2018Antarctica

Today we’re staying at base camp due to incoming storms higher up the mountain – the 39 knot winds don’t sound pleasant. We had a relaxed day in camp, practicing some rope work and carving out some ice blocks. The camp is on a glacier that is moving downhill around 15-20m a year and, as we’re … Read More

Happy Feet – 28th November 2018

November 28, 2018Antarctica

Another night of no sleep for me, I’m on antibiotics for a gum infection and the insomnia is an unwanted side effect. A little annoying but I’m sure I’ll crash out tonight. We’re still at base camp, located on the stunning Branscomb Glacier with views of Mount Vinson (when the clouds clear!), Knutzen Peak and … Read More

Vinson Base Camp – 27th November 2018

November 27, 2018Antarctica

Not much sleep for me last night, I’m just too excited and also thinking through what lies ahead. I slept in a very comfortable camping bed which I’m trying to savour as the next month of sleeping arrangements won’t be anything close to this luxury. The 24-hour daylight takes some getting used to, but the … Read More

Walk Like A Penguin – 26th November 2018

November 26, 2018Antarctica

Last minute preparations in Punta took us late into the night, we wanted to make the most of the wi-fi and no matter how organised you are – last minute admin will get you! Mighty (mp3) playlists and audiobooks have been downloaded (Michelle Obama’s biography, a book on historic speeches and Sapiens if you’re interested) … Read More

Destination: Antarctica

November 26, 2018Antarctica

Today, I’m boarding a plane and setting off on an amazing journey. It’s not a commercial flight, there’ll be no in-flight magazines or cabin service; I’ll be strapped in to the webbing of a military plane taking off from Punta Arenas, Chile. The destination: Antarctica. I’ll be landing on the planet’s southernmost continent for the … Read More