The Ship There’s a strangeness to being in Antarctica, a sense of the surreal. I’m fortunate to have been several times, but the repetition hasn’t shaken the peculiarity of the experience. It’s a place where the air is clearer than you can imagine, where the water is purer and the..
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The coldness you feel during an Antarctic polar plunge is elemental. It is not something you can brush off or laugh about. Make all the plans for witticisms you like, the moment you hit that sub-zero water, a panicked mammal part of your being takes over and gets you the..
There are certain mistakes a person should only make once: missing a flight, listening to election pollsters, ordering Hawaiian pizza. To that list I can now add: snorkelling in Antarctica without a fully sealed dry-suit. From the moment I tumbled off the zodiac into near-frozen waters off Gourdin Island I..
We were just off Point Wild, fighting a savage wind and ugly swell when a leopard seal’s reptilian head appeared above the surface of the dark water. We had travelled three days across the infamous Drake Passage to get to Antarctica, the edge of the map, and the predator appeared..
It is a question that barely needs asking, and one that is met with wild affirmation when it comes: “Ladies and gentlemen, we have received a radio communication saying that there are favourable ice conditions on the eastern side of the Antarctic Peninsula. That means we can try to reach..