Date: 11 December 2012
Wind speed: 5 knots
The hagglund arrived at 10.15am to pick us up and take us back to Scott Base. But first Martin and Kevin had to identify two safe routes down to the sea ice, in order for us to stage (put all the items in one place) our cargo. This would make it much easier when loading the Hagglund. One route was identified from the carpentry workshop/field laboratory area and another from Scott’s hut. Kevin made a temporary wooden bridge across one of the tide cracks as it was just a little too big to step across safely.
The temporary bridge across one of the tide cracks © AHT/Karen
The ice had just started to break up around our camp and there were many tide cracks, which you could easily fall down and twist an ankle, so great care was required, especially when carrying artefacts. We had our first lunch of soup and bread and proceeded to load the hagglund. It took around 2½ hours. We were taking artefacts from Scott’s hut back to Scott Base for our winter conservation team to conserve during the Antarctic winter season (Feb - Aug 2013).
Jana loading artefacts © AHT/Karen
It was a very sad time, my final visit to Scott's hut, it truely is an amazing place, Scott's hut is very powerful and I found it extremely difficult to walk down to the sea ice and climb into the Hagglund. The journey back to Scott Base was slow and took approximately 3 hours; this was because we had to travel at 10km per hour, due to having artefacts on board. On arrival at Scott Base, we unloaded the artefacts and headed for the showers. After showering, we met in the dining room for dinner. It had been a long, exhausting but very rewarding day and we all slept extremely well that night.