We are now about halfway across the Drake Passage with swells predicted to rise later tonight. The air is warmer and our portholes no longer look out on icebergs and glaciers, they are dominated instead by the inky expanse of the Southern Ocean. Yesterday we visited Deception Island, a volcanic caldera creating a perfect harbour … More Heading North
Location: Errera channel Lat 064degrees 41,8’S Long 062degrees 35,9’W Air/water temp: +1/+1 Went on a relaxed excursion at Neko Bay (the other passengers’ first landing on ‘The Continent’) to check out the crevasses which have recently opened up and denied many tour operators access to the area. The crevasses, while obvious to us at the … More Another day in icy paradise
21.2 2017 2.18 pm Today we encountered a new barrier to success on Antarctic peaks. Throughout the afternoon time seemed to be against us, slipping through our fingers. On steep snow slopes we would stumble, or stand stock still, staring into the distance. The greatest obstacles to summiting our chosen peak today were the gentoo penguins … More Antarctic Abundance
Location: Neumayer Channel Lat: 064degrees 48,4’S Long: 063degrees 30,3’W Air/water temp:-1/+1 After arriving back on ship after our Antarctic ascent most of the team prioritised taking a nap, not William and Simon though! Over breakfast Boris (the One Ocean Expedition Leader) described the morning’s excursion to see and photograph grounded icebergs. Our two expedition … More Having a Whale of a Time
Location: Penola Strait Lat:065degrees 09,8’S Long: 064degrees 06,0’W Air/ Water temp: -4/+1 At 9pm yesterday we summited Mt Scott in brilliant weather above a low cloud layer The access to the mountain proved initially challenging to navigate due to the steep snow slope rising out of the water and the heavily crevassed terrain. Kev and … More Made it up Mt Scott!
We have been sailing through the Drake Passage for about 36 hours now- roughly another 12 to go. The crossing has been pretty calm (for the Southern Ocean) but have been feeling a bit under the weather (knew I ticked the right (Air Force) box!) Latitude: 060degrees 31,3’S Longitude: 064degrees 07, 0’W Air/water temperature: +5/+5degrees … More Day 2 on the Drake Passage
We flew into the end of the world. A cramped frontier town perched at the edge of the South American continent. Here are a few photos of our uncharacteristically blue day in Ushuaia: