Walking and skiing to Anchorage Island
After some favourable results from our sea ice measurements in front of station, Kingston head office gave Jason the go-ahead to open the 'sea ice station limits'. This enabled those keen enough a chance to go for a walk of a different type. The relatively flat ice certainly wasn’t as hard going as walking out to Watts Hut, which everyone appreciated.
This also opened up the skiable terrain (something severely lacking at Davis due to all the rock and little snow/ice), giving one expeditioner in particular a chance to hone his skiing skills and test his fitness levels while pulling a sled.
While most of the wildlife has left the station area until spring, on the way out we were lucky enough to see a snow petrel.
At the top of Anchorage Island there are three crosses erected in remembrance of expeditioners that have lost their lives in incidents at Davis. We hiked up to the summit to pay our respects and take in the views out across iceberg alley.
It is times like these that bring home the harsh reality of life in Antarctica.