Kayak - first time - Cuverville Island

Trip Start Dec 07, 2010
Trip End Jan 14, 2011

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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Wow, at last and into a kayak for the first time in this what could be icy water if I went turtle (tipped over). To be amongst the wild life in their habitat was a real privilege. Such peacefulness as we paddled through the mirror crystal clear waters and drifted amongst the grounded icebergs broken by the wildlife sounds. It wasn't cold. With no sun, the low clouds and background islands tops merged into one and created a real aerie feeling!

Soon got into hang of keeping my Canon SLR dry. As usual I will let the photos and videos do the talking.

Tuesday 4 January

First Landing

Daily Programme

Cuverville Island & Neko Harbour

Sunrise: 02:45 Sunset: 23:44

Cuverville Island was discovered by Gerlache's Belgian Antarctic expedition in 1897-1899. The island was named by Charcot for a vice-admiral in the French Navy.

Neko Harbour was named after the whale factory ship Neko that operated along the Antarctic Peninsula in 1911-12, and again in 1923- 24. Neko Harbour was first seen and charted by Adrien de Gerlache´s Belgian Expedition of 1897-99.

08:30 Landing: We will have a landing on Cuverville Island. The disembarkation order will be Scott, Amundsen, Ross and Shackleton.

14:00 Landing: We will have a landing at Neko Harbour. This will be our continental landing. The disembarkation order will be Amundsen, Ross, Shackleton and Scott.

18:30 Recap and Briefing: Please join the Expedition Staff in the lounge for a recap of the day's events and an overview of tomorrow’s itinerary.

21:15 Movie: Antarctica (38 minutes)

"I now belong to a higher cult of mortals, for I have seen the Albatross."

- Robert Cushman Murphy


Expedition Log

by Scott MacPhail & Osi Shahaf

Tuesday, 4th January 2011

"The memory of the pack ice hissing around a wooden ship is one of the voices that call. I sometimes feel a mute fool at meetings, society dinner parties and dances, and the lure of the little voices I know then is at its strongest."

Lt. Teddy Evans (with Scott in Antarctica in 1910)

This morning the Expedition took us to Cuverville Island, one of the most populated Gentoo penguin rookeries in Antarctica. Most of us took off with John to climb the hill to the top where the most glorious of breath-taking views of the surrounding area was to be seen. The others went with Frank to watch the penguins sitting on their nest and going about their daily routines. No chicks could be seen here, unfortunately, due to the large amount of snow that had fallen late in the season. Our feathered friends need to see bare rock in order to lay their eggs. So they are waiting for their young to hatch at any moment.

Not forgetting our kayaking colleges, Scott E. was their 'master' taking them along some of the impressive bergs out in the bay. This was their first time out paddling amongst the icebergs silently, gliding close up to the porpoising Gentoo’s.

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