A few weeks ago Mozzie (Meteorology Observer) and Cotty (Plumber) decided to test their mental and physical capacity by trekking the 19km to Mount Henderson and then back again. Mozzie pulled a ‘Pulk’ loaded with supplies and other essential field items whilst Cotty carried his field pack. The trek to Hendo was more difficult than both had expected. It was not so much because of the distance and the fact that it was all uphill, but more so due to the relentless head wind that progressively increased from 25 knots to 50 knots. At some stages the wind velocity was considerably higher than that!
The next day was spent crawling up and down the mountain and taking in some of the most amazing vistas in the area.
The third day was spent trekking back to station and it was this particular day that made it all worthwhile. It was all downhill with blue skies and a gentle tail wind and the day seemed to have that delightful summer feel about it.
The experience over those few days will always be remembered and gives a real appreciation of the super human achievements made by past Antarctic expeditioners, the likes of Amundson, Scott and Mawson!