Departure imminent

IMG_8632Going to Antarctica is one big roller coaster.

Arrived Hobart Sunday. Two days of training at the Australian Antarctic Division, which mostly consisted of graphic descriptions (with illustrations) of the various ways you can hurt yourself or die. Have now decided to spend four months entirely indoors, watching Antarctica through a window.

We’ve learned how to avoid hypothermia IMG_8658and frostbite, been BMX Bandits on quad bikes in the AAD’s back paddock and spent today cramming four months worth of clothing and work gear (including endless wonderful cold clothing items issued by the AAD) into three soft-sided bags weighing no more than 30kg. (I failed).

It’s 9.15pm and Jane and I are sitting in stupefied silence, aching from forehead to foot after quad bike training, trying to IMG_8668download the last few audio books and unsubscribe from a million email lists.

Tomorrow the daunting bit begins – setting out to cross the southern ocean. It’s two weeks in the wilderness, away from phone and email and internet – one very big ocean and perhaps the best way to ease ourselves out of the world and into this massive adventure.

It will all go quiet for a couple of weeks now… but think of me and I’ll be back in touch when we get to Davis Station, where we’ll spend a few days before flying over to Mawson in a twin otter.

Jesse xxxIMG_8637





About Jesse Blackadder

Living at the easternmost tip of Australia on the caldera of an extinct volcano, Jesse Blackadder is a novelist, freelance writer and Doctor of Creative Arts. She is fascinated by landscapes, adventurous women and very cold places and has published three adult novels and three novels for children.
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8 Responses to Departure imminent

  1. viggerskarengmailcom says:

    Go Jesse. I hope you don’t get sea sick. I did. That’s how I learned to take my drugs before I went on board and eat dry biscuits while lying down for the first 3 days! Good luck!

  2. Megan says:

    thinking of you Jesse xx

  3. jenboau7 says:

    So excited to be following your new journey Jesse…can’t wait for all the adventures ❤️

  4. Pip Bond says:

    Wow Jesse and Jane. I imaging your feeling are so mixed with trepidation and excitement mixed in there. I love your courage and innocent intelligence of not really knowing what is in front of you.
    My wishes and love go to you as you venture forth. Pip

  5. Gina Baker says:

    Safe journey to Mawson Jesse and Jane…see you in a couple of weeks
    Happy ice breaking x Mrs B

  6. kfisher52 says:

    Phew! Will be thinking of you every day darling. May the sea goddesses smile …

  7. margie says:

    Say hi to the ice bergs and penguins and seals and skuas and albatross and….. for me. Hope all goes well for the writing.

  8. Bon voyage and may the muse journey with you, Jesse! I look forward to hearing more ❤

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