Temperature: 12 degree C
Wind Speed: n/a
Wind chill: n/a
Sunrise: About 6am
Sunset About 7pm
I am about to go 'to the ice' with the Antarctic Heritage Trust for the fifth summer in a row. The main focus will be conserving artefacts in and around the historic hut of Robert Falcon Scott at Cape Evans. While a lot of the pre-deployment briefings and preparations here in Christchurch have become a pleasant routine, the sense of privilege and excitement about being able to live and work for a while in this indescribable part of the world never changes.
Enjoying Antarctica in Christchurch – Credit: AHT/Lizzie
Often people ask what it is that makes me want to go again. The answer is threefold and usually the same every time. I get to work with a small international team of wonderful people on a project with world heritage status and all of that in an environment which never ceases to overwhelm me. So as long as I answer like that I am happy to be involved, look forward to going again and don't mind encountering -25 degrees C tomorrow.
US Airforce plane ready to go – Credit: AHT/Falcon