Monthly Archives: October 2011

Women wanted to go South… SEC=UNCLASSIFIED

Many of you know that I’m writing a novel about the earliest women travellers to Antarctica, particularly Ingrid Christensen, who went there four times. Davis Station is located in an area called “Ingrid Christensen Land”, named after her. For a … Continue reading

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Do you copy? SEC=UNCLASSIFIED

Fresh out of radio training this morning, learning how to do a radio sitrep back to Davis Station when you’re out in the field, letting them know how you’re doing and what your plans are, in a predictable and useful … Continue reading

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“Confused 5-6 metre swell” SEC=UNCLASSIFIED

Our official sitrep today said “Confused 5-6 metre swell”, noting that a sleepless night was had by all. I asked Karen and Louise the forecasters about “confused” and they confirmed that it is a technical term, meaning that the sea … Continue reading

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Shaken or stirred? SEC=UNCLASSIFIED

A pretty exciting night on board – or at least that’s one word for it. After wrapping up the hotly contested trivia quiz in the mess, we put our clocks back an hour and headed for bed. I did a … Continue reading

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Rock ‘n Rolling SEC=UNCLASSIFIED

The dessert bar in the mess is known as “the window of sin”. You have to pass it after you pick up your empty plate on the way to the salad bar and the hot food. If there’s a few … Continue reading

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Storm coming SEC=UNCLASSIFIED

The ship’s tossing more noticeably this morning and I feel nervous at the impending weather that we’ll be hitting later today, which will stay with us for about 24 hours. Perhaps to take our minds off it, the voyage leaders … Continue reading

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There are a lot of doors on the way to Antarctica SEC=UNCLASSIFIED

Aboard ship, there’s a door on everything. To get from my cabin to my workplace I go through six doors. Each one is a heavy, self-closing fire door requiring at least one hand to open, hold, and then close behind … Continue reading

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