It’s been a busy few weeks on station with Midwinter preparations and celebrations dominating most activities.
As a warm up for the festivities, we had a Friday night darts game with the wintering team at Gough Island, a South African base on an island in the South Atlantic. They claim to be ‘just’ sub-Antarctic but to us the photos we saw looked positively tropical! To raise our best team, there was a quick station round robin competition and Linc and Cormac were the winners. As we are unable to video call here, the game was played via a messaging app and required scores being messaged and photos of scoreboards being sent back and forward to make sure we were on the same score — this way to play is only for the patient, as the game took about an hour and a half! It was a close call but Mawson just snuck in a win. A fun night with a good station cheer squad presence.
As preparation for our Midwinter swim, there was a dedicated digging party out for a couple of days beforehand to cut and maintain our swimming hole. As our sea ice in the harbour is now over one metre thick, quite an effort was required to make the hole. Read on for more information on how we celebrated Midwinter.
Once Midwinter recovery was over, it was straight back to work and the weather gods were good enough to enable our Colbeck team to have a successful trip through to Colbeck hut and make the census visit to Taylor Rookery mentioned last news. The team are on their way back to station now, so we’ll hear more about that trip next week.
And the sun comes back on Friday, for all of 10 minutes and 20 seconds – amazing how exciting that sounds to us here!
There are also some photos here that didn’t make the last issue of the latest recreational trip to Béchervaise Island.