After dinner, it was time to go camping. Erin, Brandon, Me, and a Zodiac of others set sail for Kerr Point. The staff offered to setup our camp, even setup a tent if we wanted, but we didn’t see the fun in that. Kerr Point is also on the Antarctic shelf, so our camping trip was official!
To construct a proper Antarctive camp site, you first must dig out a mummy shaped ditch in the snow. This lets the wind roll over you, and it’s easier to cut igloo brick blocks out and stack them up on either side to cut the word down.
Next, its time to construct the mummy bag, which is a roll up air pad, inside one down bag, inside another down bag, all covered by a wind and rain layer.
As I was stuffing the sacks together, a gust of wind picked up and blew my warmth for the night from my hands.
The shelf of snow and ice on Antarctica has a small crust, but is mostly soft. So walking slowly you can stay on top of it, but trying to sprint across it chasing after your mummy sack ends up a complete sinking mess. There was a group of seals watching me, and I wish they would have videod what must have looked hilarious. Step, Run, Fall, Step Run, Fall, all the while watching my bag blow out to the bay of Antarctic water. One of our guides, Rusty, happened to be taking a quiet moment on that same bay, and gracefully waded out past his knees and grabbed my bed. Without flinching, he looked back to me and asked ‘How quick do you think we can dry this?’. After watching me sweat, he reassured me that they bring extra bags and grabbed another kit out for me.
My second attempt at making camp was successful, and I left my backpack as a weight while we explored the space. Camp was rustic since the Antarctic Treaty stresses not leaving any trace on the shelf. We had an igloo wall for an open air bathroom, if needed, but no food or anything else. There were seals and penguins walking amongst us, not really minding or caring that we were there. With the time that we had, we piled up snow into a huge pile and fashioned a Christmas Tree out of it, complete with LED lights the staff had brought.