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Ski, Surf, Climb – the kiwi triathlon

The day I arrived in New Zealand, I heard that Christchurch is the only place in the world where you can ski, surf and climb in a single day. The right conditions, however, kept me waiting for almost 3 years. … Continue reading

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Night sessions at the Cave, New Zealand

We had a couple of fantastic night-climbing sessions recently – take that winter ! Aside of being a keen climber, my friend Nick “Flashlight” Davis turned out to be a very talented photographer. By name and nature, he especially likes … Continue reading

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Behind the Scenes

“How did we blog from the field ?” The Darwin Glacier is so remote that modern ways of communication are no option – because there is no internet or cellphone reception available. In order to send messages to the outside … Continue reading

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Bye bye Antarctica

How could you finish such an incredible field season ? With a C-130 Hercules flight back to Christchurch ! After a sleepless night, we left Scott Base to Pegasus Airfield where the “Kiwi Herc” was already waiting for us. The … Continue reading

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Upside Down

“If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change” The observation hill is located next to Scott Base. It is where the members of Captain Scott’s expedition, that stayed at Ross Island, looked out each day for … Continue reading

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Hello Mr. Jellyfish

Today we were able to have a look underneath the sea ice surrounding Scott Base. We would have never expected to see this amount of life just a couple of meters below our feet. Sea ice is just frozen ocean water, growing … Continue reading

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