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I was back in Sydney traffic for five minutes before I wished I was back in Antarctica. I miss the Aurora Australis, the people, the penguins and the journey, but real life beckons and the icebreaker sails on. Thank you... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2012 at ABC News
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It gave me goosebumps to see this again. Here I am choppering off Antarctica. Watch the video on Facebook. Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2012 at ABC News
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Mawson's Huts will be well looked after. It is not the just the ongoing care of the Mawson'sHuts Foundation and the Australian Antarctic Division, I can now reveal that the historic site has a guardian. "Stay" the fibreglass wonder-dog is... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2012 at ABC News
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If I ever thought sailing on an Antarctic icebreaker was an exceptional experience, that fancy is being challenged by flying on a billion-dollar US Air Force jet. The C-17 Globemaster 111 is not the only way to get on and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2012 at ABC News
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Question my judgement, but I enjoyed my quick transit through the America’s Antarctic station, McMurdo. I was only at 77 degrees 50 seconds south for about 30 hours. Not long enough to know a place inside out, but an adequate... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2012 at ABC News
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Civilisation surrounds me. I am in a darkened hotel room in Christchurch near the airport. I can hear jets taking off and I know there are strange things outside like trees, cars and warm temperatures. I don't need at least... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2012 at ABC News
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Just a quick update from McMurdo Station, Antarctica. I am 77 degrees south among a civilisation of sorts facing the vast frozen Ross Sea. I can't write long. There are a few of us from the Aurora Australis going through... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2012 at ABC News
Peter: The igloo was built for fun. We had an ice sculpture completion. The winning entry was a scuplture of 100, for mawson.
Toggle Commented Jan 17, 2012 on Penguins and igloos take our fancy at ABC News
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Emma: The fast ice we are feels like land. It is solid. Experts here drilled for safety before we went out on it. It is 2 metres thick .The most immediate give away that it is not land is that it is completely flat.
Toggle Commented Jan 17, 2012 on Penguins and igloos take our fancy at ABC News
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The Aurora Australis is not stuck on ice. It is deliberately parked on fast ice. The ship can work its way free. The bridge crew have done this many times before. The AA is made for this. It is a double-hulled icebreaker.
Toggle Commented Jan 17, 2012 on Waiting game continues at ABC News
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This Antarctic adventure is not over yet, but the Mawson part of it is. Unless the weather turns, and you know it really can down here in Antarctica, I am about to leave the Aurora Australis. This is sad because... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2012 at ABC News
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A panoramic view of Mawson's Huts today. (Click for full-size image.) I have stood on Antarctica and it was beautiful. This visit to Commonwealth Bay has been wondrous, eerie and overwhelming. I am in sensory overload. What sights just from... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2012 at ABC News
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Don't be fooled by these cute little guys. Behind their seemingly painted-on outfits and charming little moves lie adorable little hearts of pure evil. I was out on the fast ice last night, minding my own business, when a parade... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2012 at ABC News
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Our team is still parted down here from Antarctica by 20 kilometres of fast ice and an ill-timed fog. The choppers on the Aurora Australis remain grounded and we are told there is no chance of getting in the air... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2012 at ABC News
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Just a quick update as we are trying again to fly the rest of us onto the Antarctic continent for the Mawson centenary commemorations. While I was not leaping for joy like this adelie penguin when yesterday’s fog caused my... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2012 at ABC News
Heavy fog has rolled in during air transport for the Mawson centenary commemorations and we are now grounded on the Aurora Australis. Half the landing party is over at Mawson's Huts while the rest of us remain on fast ice... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2012 at ABC News
After several successful flights to the continent, ours was aborted after we took off. We did one circle of the ship and the pilot could see fog was rolling in over the ship. The camera guys are on land. Stuck... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2012 at ABC News
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Close encounters of the penguin kind are proceeding well. Entertainment for both species is underway. No one or bird has been harmed or disturbed. The adelies might let us hang around. Thousands of photos have been taken on this small... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2012 at ABC News
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We have been liberated from the Aurora Australis and are walking around on a two-metre thick ice shelf. It is fast ice, which is attached to land. Mawson's Huts are 20 kilometres due south. We could walk to them, but... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2012 at ABC News
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Outside our portholes there is just white. Sky and ice are merging. The horizon is gone. The Aurora Australis is parked on a vast expanse of fast ice that hasn't managed to melt for us around Commonwealth Bay. All that... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2012 at ABC News
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We have been blessed by a royal visit and some us will never be the same again. Mighty King Neptune, his stunning fishy consort and the gorgeously disgusting royal family dropped by to initiate the uninitiated. The deal is this:... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2012 at ABC News
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There has been an inquiry or two about filming in extreme conditions. Here is some advice from ABC TV cameraman extraordinaire, Peter Curtis: "The camera I am using here (Panasonic P2) records onto memory cards and has not moving parts.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2012 at ABC News
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We are not alone down here and I am not talking about penguins. Just on the Antarctic Circle, north of Commonwealth Bay, the Aurora Australis today had a friendly rendezvous with the Russian flagged tourist ship, the Akademik Shokalskiy. The... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2012 at ABC News
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Good or bad weather, the final push is on to Antarctica's Commonwealth Bay. We are among the big 'bergs and they are beautiful. These glacial icebergs are made of ice pressed so hard that air bubbles have been squeezed out... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2012 at ABC News
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We have crossed the Antarctic Circle and quickly hit our most southerly point on this voyage. 67 degrees 13 seconds will be as far south as we go. King Neptune may be paying us a visit tomorrow for crossing the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2012 at ABC News