Category: Antarctica

Snow!

Today is the first day seeing snow outside, so I’m pretty sure we’re heading the ship in the right direction. Big, fluffy flat flakes like you see in the movies drifting around in the air. It’s really pretty to look at, until it freezes on the steel decks that is...

/ 9 November 2017

My first aurora!

I was reading in the library tonight when someone came past: “Hey – there’s an aurora going off above the ship!” I race up the stairs to the bridge. There’s cloud around the horizon, but sure enough out the front windows we can see bands of shimmering green of all...

/ 7 November 2017

Week 2 of Voyage 1

Training has been going well over the last few days. We’ve been learning orienteering with a map and compass, tying knots for Search and Rescue (SAR) and to tie down vehicles, reviewing survival kit contents (including putting up a tent in the rec room!), and operating handheld VHF radios. It’s...

/ 7 November 2017

Day 5 of V1

The voyage has been going well so far. Fortunately I handle the rough seas pretty well even when it gets up to 6-8 metres as we’ve had the past few days. To help pass the time, I’ve volunteered to be part of the onboard social club, organising nightly talks from...

/ 3 November 2017

Leaving Tasmania

This morning I woke up at 05:30. After a quiet night anchored at Bruny the ship’s engines started up, in preparation for our departure. We were soon underway and continuing on down the eastern coast of Tasmania. I snapped a couple of nice pictures of the rugged cliffs as we...

/ 31 October 2017

I’m on a boat!

We’re at sea! A quick recap of our departure… Yesterday was a rather long day. It started with the bus coming to collect us expeditioners from our hotels and we were off to the wharf before 7am. After baggage weigh-in and running a small IT Helpdesk for non-Division expeditioners helping...

/ 30 October 2017

Final week of pre-departure training

What a busy week! Everything from quad bike training to the expeditioner farewell in Hobart has kept me very busy. The family also came to visit and we visited Port Arthur and had a look around campus at the Division. Time to head off soon!

/ 28 October 2017

Third week of pre-departure training

Training continues, and the initial excitement of being here has finally settled down, so during my time off this week I took some time to explore Hobart and nearby Freycinet National Park.

/ 22 October 2017

Second week of pre-departure training

Training continues and we’re into a good routine now. This week we got an opportunity to get on the ship early and install some new equipment. Back at the office there was also a presentation with a krill tank on display, and the new Hagglunds for Davis station parked out...

/ 16 October 2017

First week of pre-departure training

What a busy time in my life! Last week was all about moving my Melbourne things into storage and vacating the apartment, in preparation for this trip. This week was my flight down to Hobart and starting my new role as ITO. The week so far Monday was “Day 0”...

/ 7 October 2017

My travels before starting training for Antarctica

Moving can be stressful, but it’s so much better when you have good friends and family around you, and a cool job to go to.

/ 5 October 2017

I’ll be working in Antarctica!

This week I officially received my contract. This has been a long time coming, and a very exciting moment in my life. It’s so cool to be getting such an amazing opportunity to visit such an incredible part of the world so few get to see – I’ll be working in...

/ 13 August 2017