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Antarctica » Antarctica January 28th 2016

“I have often the impression that, to penguins, man is just another penguin – different, less predictable, occasionally violent, but tolerable company when he sits still and minds his own business.” Bernard Stonehouse. The Antarctic Circle - 66°33’16”South… The line of latitude that gets at least one day of every year when the sun doesn’t set and at least one day a year when the sun doesn’t rise. King Neptune let us sail over the Antarctic Circle into his icy realm of sea-ice that sprawled from horizon to horizon as the vessel nudged its way southward towards Marguerite Bay. Eventually the ice tangle turned to a solid barrier and we could go further. The massive ice sheet blanketing Adelaide Island lay before us but there was no way of reaching it – it was a spectacular ... read more
Emperors on Sea Ice
Emperors and Adelies
Emperor standing alone

Antarctica » Antarctica » South Shetland Islands January 22nd 2016

Continued from Part 2... Day 11: Today is another full day at sea. South Georgia is quite a ways from mainland Antarctica, but the plan is to stop at the South Orkney Islands tomorrow. We sleep in till 10:30 and it feels amazing. After three straight days of waking up by 6:00 AM this is a much needed sleep-in day. It’s quite cloudy today and visibility isn’t so great so we use the day to go through pictures and read and whatnot. As I am reading Unbroken, the story of Louie Zamparini, I finally have some time to think about the Japanese treatment of POWs in WW2. It was disgusting, violating every international law for prisoners of war. I tell Nimarta that what the Nazis did was so horrible that people seem to forget about the ... read more
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Antarctica » Antarctica January 16th 2016

Back to Antarctica. Beyond this flood a frozen continent Lies dark and wilde, beat with perpetual storms Of whirlwind and dire hail, which on firm land Thaws not, but gathers heap, and ruin seems Of ancient pile; all else deep snow and ice... MILTON, Paradise Lost. It was the best of crossings it was the worst of crossings. The Drake Passage is a rite of passage for most people visiting the Antarctic and it is usually a bumpy, stormy passage. We got tossed around on one of the crossings as a Beaufort Force 9 slammed the sides of the vessel – truly spectacular waves hammering over the bow. However, our southbound voyage was a tranquil, peaceful passage with the company of the majestic fin whales and the mighty albatross. I love the sea. I love being ... read more
Crabeater Seal
Crabeater Seals
Danco Island Gentoos

Antarctica December 6th 2015

some old photos in the Mt Cook Ball Pass area... read more
Mt Cook from Ball Pass
On top of Ball Pass
Lake Tasman from Ball Pass

Antarctica December 5th 2015

Just a selection of 'home' photos...... read more
Tongariro in Winter
Tongariro crossing
Tararua Winter trip

Antarctica October 3rd 2015

It was a long way home. But it's always lovely to be back. At least I didn't have the restlessness of itchy feet when I finally arrive home :-)... read more

Antarctica August 27th 2015

This was my last hiking circuit of my holiday. I had to wait a few days for the weather to clear, then I started as a few late drizzle showers were clearing. Next morning was fine, with an early-season dusting of snow on the higher tops. The sky developed a patchy pattern that evoked the old rhyme Mackerel sky, mackerel sky never quite wet, never quite dry. And that's how it was for the next few days - but a couple of drizzle patches and overnight showers never really tested the raincoat. However the persistent-intermittent clag that bothered the higher peaks meant that, while it was perfect, cool, late-summer tramping weather, the 3 000m plus peaks near the track were a different story. Twice I tried to climb a couple, but each time, I was sent ... read more
'The first hut appeared out of the mist...'
Looking down to Innsbrucker Hut
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Antarctica August 17th 2015

Guess who I met on the track? sex: male age: 12 years hair: brown eyes: yellow Height 1.7m... read more
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