Back in time in Antarctica
REPTILE RIDGE, canada goose coats Antarctica (Reuters) Away from the high tech British Antarctic base, we stepped back in time to use tents, oil lamps and canada goose wooden sledges little changed in more than a century of exploration of the icy continent.
British experts still rely on low tech paraffin stoves, wooden boxes and sheepskin mattresses similar to those used in the days when Norwegian Roald Amundsen beat Briton Robert Falcon Scott to the South Pole canada https://www.canadagoosejacketsalesca.co.uk goose coats on sale in 1911.
would probably feel at home if he came into this tent until he saw me in the corner listening to my iPod, said Michael Chester, 28, Canada Goose Coats On Sale a British field assistant to scientists at the British Rothera Base on the Antarctic canada goose factory sale Peninsula.
On Reptile Ridge, where jagged canada goose clearance sale rocks look like the back canada goose uk shop of a lizard, we visitors spent a night camping canada goose store out with scientists to learn how to survive in one of the most hostile cheap canada goose uk places on earth.
The wind howled through the night in what sounded like a storm outside our two man canada goose jacket sales ca tent, though more experienced hands said it was just a breeze magnified by the sound of snowflakes drumming on the fabric outer wall of the tent.
Temperatures were just below freezing on the ridge, with a view over a bay studded with icebergs.
Skills include putting up the orange tent and then cheap Canada Goose teasing a paraffin primus stove alight, making a meal Canada Goose sale inside the tent and Canada Goose Outlet learning how to send a radio message back to base.
The primus is little changed since it was invented in 1890.
I almost set the tent alight.
Wooden Nansen sledges, based on a Norwegian model borrowed Canada Goose Jackets from Inuit designs, are stacked around Rothera. They are favored by British experts over plastic or metal sledges.
SNOWSCOOTERS, DOGS The sledges are now towed by snowscooters rather than dogs, which were banned from Antarctica in 1994 as part of a treaty to curb environmental damage. Most gear is stored in wooden boxes.
works. This has been tried and tested over donkey years. Why change something that works? John Canada Goose online Withers, commander at the Rothera base, said of the contrast between the base and the older implements on Reptile Ridge a few km (miles) away.
The two person rooms uk canada goose on the Rothera base have showers, chefs provide lavish canada goose uk outlet meals three times a day. Staff can play pool, use the Internet or a Canada Goose Online digital library on the computer network. And they can relax drinking a maximum of two beers a night.
New arrivals like us have to go buy canada goose jacket cheap through several days of training in everything from crossing the uk canada goose outlet runway left, look right, look canadian goose jacket up in the sky to emergency first aid such as how to use a scalpel, inject a painkiller or sew up canada goose black friday sale a wound.
very typically British to travel in parties of two people. That also why there so much safety training you have to know how to do everything, said Michiel van den Broeke, 40, a Dutch polar meteorologist also camping out.
He said he had visited Antarctica before with Swedish, German and Norwegian groups. try to take a small base with them, he said. also have much bigger field trips, with far larger tents and often generators.
Many other nations canada goose clearance including the Americans have forsaken traditional materials for high tech canada goose uk black friday plastics or metals all more expensive than wood.
wooden sledge will bend and adapt to the terrain. Metal is more rigid it buy canada goose jacket can snap, and you don normally have welding equipment in the field, said Gabriel Chevalier, 30, a Swiss geologist working as a field assistant at Rothera.
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