Camping in Antarctica
Trip Start Dec 07, 2010
66Trip End Jan 14, 2011
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By 10 pm we were all set up having:
- first stomped out a 2 by 3 metre (8 feet by 15 feet) flat sleeping bed on the slope of the snow under a cliff to protect us from any wind
- shown how to and
- then pitched our tiny 2 man tent
- given the boundaries to freely roam
and the night ahead was our Antarctica experience however we wanted to make of it.
Many just found a spot, sat and observed the penguins and birds.
There was no wind to speak of but the sea fog drifted in and out to create a moody atmosphere.
The Dutch training sailing ship Europa provided an ideal backdrop to this bay. While the yacht Explore was also anchored in this bay, it didn't really detract from the near solo experience one had along with 19 others plus Matt our GAP guide. One person must have pulled out at the last minute. No food or drink was allowed and we were encouraged to empty our bladders before stepping onto the zodiac. A small portaloo was taken ashore for those who had to ...
Bed at 1 am as the light for taking photos was getting duller. I had taken all my shots anyway. Imagine taking HDR shots after midnight. Yes, the tripod came out of its bag to earn its keep.
Awoke some time after 4 am after a somewhat restful sleep. It wasn’t cold, the ground wasn’t hard and the magic was listening to the penguins and birds throughout the night. With the 5 am wake up call we were all packed and taken back to the M/S Expedition by 5.30 am.
by Scott MacPhail & Osi Shahaf
We were making our way to Dorian Bay to see if the campers could get out and sleep on the snow. The ride there was magnificent as the mountains were all lit up as we sailed through the Neumeyer Channel.
During dinner, staff checked out the camping conditions for members of our expedition our intrepid camping folks and it was announced that it was a go, and they all took off for a night on the snow.
It was a long day and we all fell soundly asleep with great memories of the day.