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The big red bus is leaving tomorrow!

Friday, March 26th, 2010 Posted in Antarctica | 4 Comments »

And I’m going to be leaving on it!! The last couple of weeks have been frantic, as you might expect and the Shack is finally here to carry us home. Communications on the Shack are a little more limited ...

The beginning of the end..!

Thursday, March 11th, 2010 Posted in Antarctica | 6 Comments »

Well, the end of the season is truly upon us here at Rothera. This week has seen the final departures of our aircraft and only 45 people remain on base until the ship comes in around the end of ...

Antarctica’s busiest airfield…?

Sunday, February 14th, 2010 Posted in Antarctica | 9 Comments »

It’s been pretty manic the last couple of weeks in the tower as Rothera surely became Antarctica’s busiest airfield for a short while! It’s pretty much the end of the field season down here and we’ve had all ...

Yes, I know it’s been a month…

Friday, February 5th, 2010 Posted in Antarctica, Wildlife | 4 Comments »

…since the last update and it’s been a busy one honest! The way I write these is basically to look back on the pictures I’ve taken to remind me what’s happened and there don’t seem to be too many to ...

Long time no post…!

Sunday, January 3rd, 2010 Posted in Antarctica | 10 Comments »

Sorry folks, yes, I know it’s been a long time since my last post on here and probably many of you are wondering if I’ve fallen down some mega-crevasse or been eaten by a raging leopard seal… I’m glad to ...

The summer season has begun…

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009 Posted in Antarctica | 9 Comments »

Well, the summer season is truly upon us and it feels like it’s arrived all too quickly! It’s quite a shock for those of us who’ve been here through the winter to suddenly have scores of people arriving and everyone ...

We’re not alone anymore…!

Sunday, October 11th, 2009 Posted in Antarctica | 3 Comments »

A big day yesterday – the first flight to Rothera for some 8 months and the arrival of new faces and some fresh supplies! Our first arrivals this season aren’t our own people but are in fact two aircraft ...

The final week of winter…

Monday, October 5th, 2009 Posted in Antarctica | 1 Comment »

We’re in the final week of winter here at Rothera, well, what’s scheduled to be the final week anyway… the weather may have other ideas! The whole team was busy on a base-wide scrub out today making sure everything’s ship ...

Penguins of Rothera…

Saturday, September 26th, 2009 Posted in Antarctica | 3 Comments »

This week saw our second Emperor penguin visit of winter. Not a common sight around Rothera, Al spotted this chap as he casually walked past the dining room window on Thursday afternoon out on the sea ice that still remains ...

Back from the wild blue yonder…

Saturday, September 12th, 2009 Posted in Antarctica, Training | 1 Comment »

I have returned (in fact I’ve been back a week) from a highly successful sortie into the wild blue yonder, a continuation of our essential winter training. Dave and I headed out last Monday in excellent weather which allowed ...

Update on August and I’m off on holiday tomorrow…

Sunday, August 30th, 2009 Posted in Antarctica, Wildlife | 2 Comments »

I’ve clearly been busy in August because I don’t seem to have found the time to update this blog (and I’m hurriedly writing this as I really need to be packing my gear to leave on my second winter training ...

Break out of the lethargy…

Saturday, August 8th, 2009 Posted in Antarctica | 4 Comments »

Today it was time to break free from the clutches of the winter lethargy that had settled upon me over the last couple of months. Fitness levels on base have been falling for some (myself definitely included) and, given that ...

Some pictures looking north (that’s where the Sun is)…

Monday, August 3rd, 2009 Posted in Antarctica | 7 Comments »

I think a lot has happened here this week although, when I try and put my finger on exactly what has been achieved, details escape me. Certainly a lot has happened this weekend including some artistic carpentry, some learning of ...

Welcome back sunshine (but this week I’m in the dark again)…

Friday, July 24th, 2009 Posted in Antarctica | 4 Comments »

Well, I got out on the sea ice last week but only for a few hours as the weather began to worsen and we had to pull back. Winds picked up overnight and the next morning the ice to the ...

First sea ice party out today…

Monday, July 13th, 2009 Posted in Antarctica | 4 Comments »

One of today’s satellite pictures showing thermal imagery of the Antarctic Peninsula. You can see wispy high level clouds and the grey mass in the centre-top of the picture is lower level cloud. The slightly darker shade of grey in ...

Things are getting cold around here…

Sunday, July 12th, 2009 Posted in Antarctica | 3 Comments »

Thanks to everyone who’s e-mailed and left comments this week wishing me a happy birthday! Rest assured, it was one to remember, perhaps as much for the messages from home and presents that had been wrapped up 6 months in ...

After Midwinter and I am now officially old…

Monday, July 6th, 2009 Posted in Antarctica | 14 Comments »

Midwinter’s week here at Rothera was as action-packed as promised. A mix of celebrations, fun & games and relaxation in between was had by all. The veil of secrecy was lifted off our Midwinter presents and we swapped ...

Happy Midwinter!

Thursday, June 25th, 2009 Posted in Antarctica | 6 Comments »

We’re in the middle of Midwinter’s Week here at Rothera. The run up to Midwinter’s Week was was very much like the week before Christmas with everyone frantically trying to finish jobs so we could relax for the celebrations. My ...

Midwinter approaches…

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009 Posted in Antarctica, UK | 2 Comments »

Midwinter is almost upon us down here and all of us remaining on the bases across Antarctica are making preparations for the traditional midwinter celebrations! This is the big event of the Antarctic social calendar (Christmas is limited to just ...

The Sun has left us now…

Friday, May 22nd, 2009 Posted in Antarctica | 5 Comments »

This week has given Rothera its last taste of sunlight for a while. On Thursday we were treated to a fantastic display as the Sun lit the clouds from beneath but alas she did not rise above the mountains to ...

I have made a film…

Thursday, May 14th, 2009 Posted in Antarctica, Video | 12 Comments »

Over the weekend I completed a shutter-timer (or ‘intervalometer’) for my DSLR and I have been experimenting with some time-lapse photography. This, combined with a rather low quality, off-the-cuff clip from my compact camera, has prompted me to make ...

I’m back and the days are getting much shorter…

Thursday, May 7th, 2009 Posted in Antarctica | 6 Comments »

Probably should have knocked out a post earlier this week but I haven’t found the time to go through my winter trip photos in any depth yet… Ian and I had a good week off-base with a couple of nice ...

Camping in the Antarctic is not lightweight…

Sunday, April 26th, 2009 Posted in Antarctica, Training | 7 Comments »

This week has been one of much variety here at Rothera, well for me anyway! Amongst all of my usual work type stuff with the computers and the radios I’ve done a bit of boat driving (which was rather nippy ...

Pink sky in the morning…

Monday, April 20th, 2009 Posted in Antarctica | 5 Comments »

…sailor’s warning, so we’re told. Well, this photo is about 1/10th as good as the sunrise on Saturday morning when I struggled out of bed at about 8.30am. The sun was still below the horizon but lit up these mid-level ...

Thank you Class 4…

Saturday, April 4th, 2009 Posted in Antarctica, Wildlife | 3 Comments »

…for another excellent set of questions. Very glad to hear Mrs Cronan is feeling well and now back at the helm. I hope you’ve all behaved yourselves while she has been away. This is a very good set of questions ...

Ski Sunday…

Sunday, March 29th, 2009 Posted in Antarctica | 6 Comments »

It’s been a surprisingly long week, or at least it feels like it, consisting mostly of cleaning tidying and rearranging things all around station. By the middle of the week we were pretty much done with the scrub out ...

Day 1, Winter 2009…

Sunday, March 22nd, 2009 Posted in Antarctica | 6 Comments »

Well, that's it, no way back now! The loading of the Shackleton was completed on Saturday morning and the outgoing passengers moved aboard. A quick bit of shore leave for the crew and then around 1400 we were gathering ...

End of the season and the Shack is here…!

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009 Posted in Antarctica, Wildlife | 8 Comments »

The last couple of weeks have seen a reduction in the pace of life on station - we've dropped from 'manic' to merely 'busy'... It's been a welcome change for me and last weekend a few of us took ...

Last aircraft for this season…

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009 Posted in Antarctica | 6 Comments »

Rothera received our last aircraft for this season late last night... late enough that the runway lights had to be deployed for the first time in two years! The weather has been fairly poor this last week and it had ...

Bye bye Daisy… bye bye Air Unit…

Saturday, February 28th, 2009 Posted in Antarctica | 4 Comments »

Early start today to say 'au revoir' to the BAS Air Unit. With the field season over the Air Unit have been packing up over the last week and the first two Twin Otters departed earlier in the week. ...

A quiet afternoon in the office…

Saturday, February 21st, 2009 Posted in Antarctica | 3 Comments »

Thursday afternoon was looking like a pretty quiet shift on ops in the tower. The Dash-7 had flown north in the morning with a full load of pax and you could tell there were less people on station. Weather was ...

Good weather before the final push…

Friday, February 13th, 2009 Posted in Antarctica, Wildlife | 13 Comments »

It's been a week of good weather here at Rothera and that has happily coincided with a relatively quiet period in the flying programme. We're nearly at the end of the summer field season, most of the field parties have ...

Two weeks at Fossil Bluff and now back on base…

Friday, February 6th, 2009 Posted in Antarctica, Wildlife | 4 Comments »

What ho peeps, I'm back on base after an excursion down to Fossil Bluff (71°20' S 68°17' W). I didn't make it as far south as Sky Blu but I'm not complaining as two weeks flying the flag at ...

Travelling further south…?

Monday, January 12th, 2009 Posted in Antarctica | 7 Comments »

Another busy week just gone by, extra busy in fact because the comms team has been reduced to three (Crispin, Ian and myself). Mike, one of the guys loaned to us from the Navy, has been working down at Sky ...

Happy New Year!

Sunday, January 4th, 2009 Posted in Antarctica | 4 Comments »

Righto, sorry it's been another long stretch between posts but spare time has been extremely limited over the last couple of weeks! The arrival of the JCR triggered four days of heavy activity to unload all of our supplies from ...

The JCR is here…!

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008 Posted in Antarctica | 9 Comments »

Not a long post this one, just a quick note to mention that the James Clark Ross arrived at Rothera yesterday morning and since then it's been all hands to unload the ship. Flying operations are still going on ...

Great finish to a long week…

Monday, December 15th, 2008 Posted in Antarctica | 12 Comments »

After a really hard week of early starts and late nights working and virtually zero free time, Saturday was a nice reminder that life is all good really. No shifts for me in the daytime so a relatively leisurely start (i.e. ...

Busy busy busy…

Tuesday, December 9th, 2008 Posted in Antarctica | 12 Comments »

First of all, thanks to everyone who takes the time to post comments on the blog, I really enjoy reading them and it's great to hear from you all. It's nice being able to quickly scan down the comments during ...

Heavy weather for summer…

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008 Posted in Antarctica | 18 Comments »

For most of this week we've been enjoying heavy snow. Quite unusual at this time of year, usually it's melted off by now and the base is more like a rock quarry, this is more like typical winter conditions. ...

Another penguin visitor…

Tuesday, November 18th, 2008 Posted in Antarctica, Wildlife | 17 Comments »

Despite the long days working in the tower, another penguin photo opportunity presented itself yesterday and I was straight out with my trusty telephoto lens! This friendly Adelie was spotted waddling around the middle of the base. The trick with ...

First penguin sighting today…

Saturday, November 15th, 2008 Posted in Antarctica, Wildlife | 4 Comments »

As promised, my first penguin photo, as soon as I could possibly post it...! This Adelie penguin popped up from a slot in the sea-ice earlier today while I was in the tower and I was able to bag ...

Comments and stuff…

Tuesday, November 11th, 2008 Posted in Antarctica | 6 Comments »

Thanks to all for the messages you've been leaving on the blog! In case anyone thought I was being rude and ignoring you lot, I've now installed a "reply to..." plugin that allows me to, uh, reply to comments ...

A busy first week in the snow…

Saturday, November 8th, 2008 Posted in Antarctica, Training | 4 Comments »

It's been a massive first week for me down at Rothera! Let's see if I can remember all that's gone on...? After arriving on base last Friday, we had the Halloween party on Saturday night (Halloween was delayed for a ...

We made it!

Monday, November 3rd, 2008 Posted in Antarctica | 19 Comments »

As you can probably gather from the post title, the winds died down enough for us to escape Punta Arenas, hop across the Drake Passage and on down to Rothera! The flight down was pretty uneventful, started off at a ...