2 January, 2013

Happy New Year from Antarctica

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Happy New Year from Antarctica

Location: Mavericks, Ulvetanna Base Camp, S 71 49.146′, E 008 21.867′

Temperature: -5 C, clear, sunny, beautiful, 0 knots.

Date: – 1/1/13

New Years on Ice – Leo

It seems in this strange new world the weather gods have welcomed us, at least for now. The cyclone we were braced for stalled before reaching us.

Novo just 100 miles away was pounded for 4 days by winds up to 86 knots (well over 100mph) and blizzard conditions.  Such a storm would’ve devastated even our well secured camp.

new years day antarctic base camp for ulvetanna

Here though we have been concerned by the ominous Russian forecasts the weather has been unprecedented. As I sit in the comms tent right now on New Years Day in this great white wilderness the sun is burning around the sky, it is -5C and there is not a breath of wind.

After running two final loads up the epic approach to ABC (advanced base camp) and nailing a Hollywood jib shot in the process, we celebrated NYE in Base Camp with steak and Champagne that froze in the glass whilst we drank.

celebrating new years eve at ulvetanna, antarctica

The sun appeared to rise shortly before midnight as the shadow cast by Ulvetanna passed and we saw in 2013 basking in polar sunlight.

leo houlding celebrates new years eve ulvetanna antarctica

After much toil, everything we need for our next camp is in position and we are ready to move up to our stunning ABC, complete with en suite snow cave and out of this world view.

ulvetanna resting

Today we make the committing but exciting move of leaving the comfort and security of Base Camp to begin the upwards assault. Everything and everyone is working superbly.

Al Lee Ulvetanna new yearseve

Spirits are high but energy is a little low, we have been working hard yet have barely begun. The task we have set for ourselves is huge. Our objective’s character ranges from inspiring friend to terrifying enemy depending on sun, snow and wind conditions.

ridge climb ulvetanna

The forecast for the next few days is good. We should start climbing tomorrow, in these conditions we will be using free boots and chalk!
Let’s hope that the weather gods extend their welcome a while longer!

jib camera shot ulvetanna

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Happy New Year Everybody!

Chris Rabone new years eve Ulvetanna Antarctica

sean stnaley leary celebrating new years eve ulvetanna antarcticaJason pickes celebrating new years eve ulvetanna antarctica

(23) Comments

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  1. Wow! What an unforgettable way to see in the new year! The icy champagne looked delicious! Good luck for the ‘move!’ We are all looking forward to starting our own Antarctica project next week at Westfield!

    Anita France

  2. Happy Birthday David for today (4 January) – enjoy your day – if a little isolated – at Mavericks. Chocolate birthday cake??
    Love Mum and Dad

    John and Maureen Reeves

  3. Hey there Sonny Boy. Big up to the Maverick Massive – and Happy New Year. Wishing you every success for your imminent onslaught. Don’t forget – keep a cool head in your kecks! Will be watching your progress. Daddio

    Mark Houlding


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