Date: 25 December 2010
Posted by: Jamie Clarke
Out in the field at Captain Scott’s 1910 expedition base, Cape Evans with five colleagues from Antarctic Heritage Trust, I am celebrating my first white Christmas. The day seemed to sneak up on us without the usual barrage of advertising or carols that you would expect in regular life.
Our morning celebrations started with a leisurely breakfast of fried eggs on toast (a special treat considering that we are in the field). After lunch we divided into two teams for Christmas games – Northern Hemisphere (Randy, Jam and Martin) and Southern Hemisphere (Al, J.T and myself). J.T organized the games which included the “stick”, “dunnage” toss, (basically caber toss using spare pieces of workshop timber) and the “rope” game, the final result being the Southerners coming out victors!
In the late afternoon we walked up to the top ridge beside the Barne Glacier to enjoy the sunny, still day and awe inspiring panoramic views.
To top the day off, we exchanged gifts through a previously arranged secret Santa.
All in all a Christmas I will never forget!
Looking at the view from the top ridge beside the Barne Glacier © AHT 2010