Mt. Erebus Antarctic expedition 2007 - Image 53 of 58


Relaxing sleep. The mild climate inside the ice caves is very pleasant, even when there is no emergency. After giving away my sleeping tent to visitors from McMurdo station I put up my encampment inside the nearby “Hut cave”. The original plan was that a helicopter would pick me up the following morning for my final ride back to McMurdo station. To avoid waking up late I had put two alarm clocks on my “bedside table” - the caves are a place of eternal tranquillity. What I did not know at that time was that the helicopter would not be able to get to our camp in the following 4 days due to bad weather, unintentionally extending my stay in this rather unusual sleeping spot.