Base Patriot Hills
• Base Patriot Hills
Probably, it's still a crazy place of all, where I had to go. With the most insane people. There is unreal cool as hell.
To live in such conditions - very fun.
Around the base are arranged bamboo landmarks with flags. This is in order not to roam where it is not necessary. Not even because of the cracks in the ice, which I could not find it (well, just those that AAAA). Simply you can get, for example, by the tractor. Yes, and for navigation in bad weather they are very helpful.
And it's a small airplane, which throws the climbers from the base to the foot of Mount Vinson, the highest point of Antarctica. And then, a couple of weeks, takes them out back. Some, however, do not wait or do not have time and go from there 200 km peshochkom skiing.
Brave Canadian pilots and mechanics, in their spare time fly - or repairing aircraft, or fermented beer crates. In both these states, they can shout "I hate canadians!".
When the weather was more or less nothing to me unbearably wanted to sneak anywhere and an ice ax to drive five kilometers of the base on the very Patriot Hills. The array is certainly not a great, all is about 1900 meters high, but resist the pleasure of a little mountaineering in Antarctica itself - it was beyond my strength.
As a result, an attempt to single escape resulted in a whole group expedition, which in addition we went not just a couple of our-skiers girls, but also Vietnamese skier lone American mountaineer, only selected from the Vinson, and Rob Jarvis as the leader and guide , here he is at the center in yellow pants. Rob cool English guy, he has among other things been to Nanda Devi and I think that even we had anywhere to cross over into the Himalayas.
But it is actually the view from the foot of the massif. Ice, ice, ice to the horizon. Base is not even visible, but somewhere it is there.
Not far from our base is abandoned Chilean base (also known as "The fuss"). Abandoned it qualitatively, 5-6 years ago, and during this time it has brought almost completely. Several times we went there just for a walk and found it in, and then, when we ran out of cigarettes, and the plane was not flown not flown - had to go look for a cigarette. Not found. But we found a pair of ice axes and went underground for a couple of neighboring vertices.
In the Chileans had a peculiar sense of humor, and we waited inside the base hanging from the ceiling of the loop. we found no soap, as well as cigarettes. I had to leave on the board (which is visible on the left) a message for future generations, who may also end up cigarettes and which can also come here to look for them.
Those who are in the mountains and abandoned the Chilean bases did not want to waste time on the basis of trying to get a tan. Sun all the time over your head. Clouds already does not bother anyone.
If you think that in the Antarctic eat all sublimated stuff, then you are wrong. We literally feasted and fatten. Periodically even pastry case every orgy.
Such is the cake in the form of New Zealand (two islands with sheep), built on the base birthday electrician.
The people who work there - is another story. ... These are real or something ... Here's the bearded uncle I now forever associate it with the South Pole. Because when we got there - it was the first "local". He stumbled on a plane all so covered with ice and snow from head to foot, with a beard all in icicles, and even in a cap with earflaps. With raised up one ear.
Imenninik himself. Apart from the main electrics, he has saved us cigarettes, when we ran out, and taught include gasoline generator in the cold.
Felicity from England and Kylie from New Zealand. Kylie got into this expedition almost at the last moment, when the sick one of the participants (from Ghana, I think). He says that literally just got off of a mountain at the NT there as I had to take skiing and fly to Antarctica.
home soon and we turn off equipment - cursed and hated by Iridium, with whom we have just created a furore and received an invitation to work in the following seasons - install and configure web-based for all. So when I finally get tired of all - I can dump there and ride across Antarctica from base to base, earn tuner online.
Waiting for the plane to the mainland. Victor Boboc, the Russian guide "7 Summits". These same 7 summits he personally passed twice already, including the Everest North Wall. At Patriot Hills to Vinson he came, they had covered 200 km on skis, along with a couple of clients.
Despite the fact that on the basis of it was very cool - all waiting for the plane. And finally he made it and came.
Well, almost all. Last minutes in Antarctica before flying to Chile. And one of the last flights to the base as a whole. Its going to close and relocate to a new - Union Glacier, 60 kilometers away. There's the direction of the runway safer and it will be less dependent on weather conditions. And at Patriot Hills often the wind blows from the mountain directly into the side of the aircraft.
That's about this life.