Travel

January 19, 2014

Antarctic Odyssey – The Final Days

As it transpired our delay turned out to be an additional 5 days at the Union Glacier camp as successive weather fronts moved in over the continent from the sea. 

January 5, 2014

Antarctic Odyssey -100km Day, Friday 22nd November

It has taken me a while to write this entry, but I wanted to do it justice and so have waited until I felt ready and there was enough quiet time available to write.  This was perhaps one of the most amazing and influential days of my life.

December 31, 2013

Antarctic Odyssey – Marathon Recovery Day, Thursday 21st November

This was a much needed rest day, especially as I was getting virtually no sleep. It had been -10 in the tent overnight, and I have to say, a pretty miserable night. As ever, after a marathon, there was a lot of adrenalin still in my system; that always makes sleep a challenge, but then add the light and the cold and it was a recipe for an uncomfortable night. 

December 18, 2013

Antarctic Odyssey – Marathon Day, Wednesday 20th November

The sunshine, clear blue skies and reflected heat of the sun of the previous day had disappeared, it was cloudy with a light wind and sporadic snow shows. The cloud lay heavy over the hills and visibility was slightly reduced: rather like home really.

December 13, 2013

Antarctic Odyssey – Antarctica Bound, 19th November 2013

I stood looking at the things that were laid out on the bed: thermal base layer, mid layer of ski pants and warm top and 2 pairs of merino socks; a double layer beanie, down jacket, liner gloves, fleece gloves and down mitts, sunglasses, sun block and lip screen; snow boots.

December 11, 2013

Antarctic Odyssey: Scotland to Punta Arenas and final preparations

15th – 16th November, Travelling Travelling from 13.20 – 18.20, a total of 29 hours travelling: that was tough and tiring, not to mention dehydrating.

After the heart stopping realisation en route to the airport that I had forgotten to lift my MP3 player, which required an about turn followed by a speedier rather more frantic drive than intended to the airport, my journey to Punta Arenas was uneventful.

November 15, 2013

My ‘luvvie’ moment

Cheese alert: this is where I come over all sentimental, gushy even. It is my Sally Field, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslet moment.

Before I head off on my epic adventure at the end of the world I want to say thank-you for all of the support that I have had so far.

November 12, 2013

I’m Packing

And it’s not a concealed weapon, unless it’s the large set of metaphorical cojones that I am going to need.

Let’s see: thermals, fleece layers, windproof jacket and trousers, mitts, gloves, fur hat: fur hat?

Cat! Cat, get out here! That could have been a bit of a, ‘should have gone to Specsavers,’ moment.