Antarctic Arrival

Today’s picture of the day (the first in awhile) is a bit of an action shot of me whilst we were are arriving alongside some fast ice at Halley IV.

In this picture I’m watching the tension of our mooring lines closely as they are secured by ‘dead men’ which are lengths of 2″x4″ timber dug into 6 foot deep holes that can very easily snap if too much weight is exerted on them. During this arrival one of the dead mean did in fact snap but thankfully no one was hurt and the Captain was able to get the ship back into position quickly.

What you don’t see in this picture is the pain I’m in after having to pull my balaclava down not realising just how much my beard had frozen to it from the moisture in my breath freezing (it was -25c)

Spence

 

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