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The Joanna Lumley Interviews: Ice Team Leader, Brian Newham
What was your favourite subject at school? Without a doubt it was physical education. All I wanted to do was participate and I’ve never been that interested in being a sports spectator. As a youngster I was highly competitive, but I have moved away from that and it’s now more about testing myself and enjoying whatever it is I’m doing. Besides sport, I was keen on the practical subjects lik…
Super Mega Pancakes – by Richmond Dykes
Well, what can I say, we’ve had a rare day off after a busy time winching our way across the numerous crevasses. So, you might ask what do you do in your time off in Antarctica? Well, Mary and I have fallen off the pancake wagon in a big way, so we mixed up a mega batch of pancakes for dinner tonight . I have raided the food boxes for copious packets of pancake mix and hoofed them into two…
Joanna Lumley Interviews…Reminder
Don’t miss the final instalment of the Joanna Lumley Interviews, right here on Facebook tomorrow night at 7pm… Next up in the chair is Ice Team Leader, Brian Newham. I have read his answers. It’s going to be a good…
All in the Valley – by Brian Newham
The excellent and stable weather continues and it has to be said that we are thoroughly enjoying it. Today we moved all the remaining loads down into the valley without drama. It’s nice to be through this section as there is both significant, and large, crevassing as well as an awkward sleep slope which has a nasty camber. The fuel scoots were brought down with a braking Cat at the rear but…
The Hill of Hell
On their way south, this treacherous stretch of ice caused serious problems to the Ice Team and was the beginning of the end. In this video by Ian Prickett we see them returning over the same spot in near perfect conditions.
Current position: S72 13′ 30.5″, E023 25′ 00.2″ Altitude: 2070m Today’s action: Met obs. Snow sampling. Eight fuel scoots in two loads of four were taken down the descent into the valley which splits the mountains. The lower part of this route requires a braking Cat at the rear of each load. No problem with the route and it is good to get the tracks laid whilst the weather is so good.
Seracs – by Brian Newham
We had another local foot excursion yesterday to a small area of ice seracs to the west of camp. A four hour outing which got us amongst some impressive scenery. Grins all round. If you look very closely you can just see camp right of centre – a small dark spot out on the plateau. Gives a great idea of the scale of this place. More pics on Flickr (as always!)…
A Walk in the Wild
Having spent four months holed up inside at one of the most inhospitable camp sites in the world, the Ice Team did not need much persuading to get their walking boots on… Check out this and dozens of other images taken over the last few weeks on our Flickr site here.
Caption Competition Results
A week or so ago we asked you all to offer up your best captions for this picture – and were absolutely inundated with responses both here and on Facebook. Poor old Brian was given the task of creating a shortlist and, after not an inconsiderable amount of time one night, he whittled more than 150 suggestions down to just seven to put before the rest of the team to vote on independently. After…
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