Temperature: 12 degree C
Wind Speed: n/a
Wind chill: n/a
Sunrise: About 6am
Sunset About 7pm
It might sound exciting, but it really is not much fun to be on a boomerang flight. Yesterday we were all set to fly to Antarctica to replace the current team of international conservators working on artefacts from the historic huts from the heroic era.
Five hours in a cargo plane to Antarctica, ¾ of an hour circling and unsuccessfully trying to land and 5 hours flying back to arrive where we started from in Christchurch. Boomerang flight is indeed a very appropriate name.
Exciting views of a continent under ice – Credit: AHT/Falcon
It is also a timely reminder that it is the weather which so often dictates what we can or can't do in this remote place. Patience, flexibility and the ability to accept it are useful qualities to have when working in Antarctica.
Flying back – Credit: AHT/Falcon
Compared, however, with what the early explorers had to endure, a boomerang flight which delivers us safely back to Christchurch hardly deserves a mention. Scott and Shackleton and their men had to cope with conditions on their journeys which are incomprehensible to us today. They literally put their lives on the line in order to go where nobody had been before and they could never be sure whether they would come back at all.