First, we had to detour to a Chilean base in the South Shetland Islands to drop off an injured crewmember. Fortunately, there is an airstrip there, so he was transferred to another ship and then taken to shore to be flown to a hospital in Chile.
|This is part of a Russian base next to the Chilean one.|
-as many layers as you think you might need (I wore too much at first. It was pretty warm!)
-a backpack with your camera gear, extra layers (until you learned you didn't need them) and anything else you might want
-Rubber boots, provided by the ship
-A lovely yellow parka, provided by the ship, which we got to keep
-A life jacket
-A lanyard with a card on it proclaiming your name and the ship's name, in case someone wondered what you were doing on shore
and you headed down to the exits where your name was checked off a list, you stepped in disinfectant, and boarded a Zodiac.
|Nikki explains it all on our first day on the Zodiac.|
|Fabrice was a French scientist who doubled as a Zodiac driver. Ooh la la.|
|Checking out an iceberg from a Zodiac|
|Three Gentoo penguins.|
|This is an emergency shelter.|
|Mountains and glaciers everywhere.|
|I went climbing. It was amazing!|
I also had the opportunity to camp on the Antarctic continent.
|We had 24 hour daylight.|
|A penguin on the move.|
|Penguin on a rock nest. (There's no trees, so no twigs or branches).|
|There's penguins behind me!|