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The Ice Towers Into the 3 AM Night Sky

I'm now out camping in Antarctica for the next 4 days.  I have about 20 batteries for my camera and more than enough food.  It's gonna be awesome.  I don't know what I'll see or experience, but I'll do my best to capture it.  Here's a photo from the beginning of my trek, while I still have power enough to connect to satellite internet through the team down here at Scott Base.   #AntarcticaNZ  
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Approaching the Ice Wall

Here's the intimidating view as I approached the front of the glacier, which loomed silent and menacing, hundreds of feet over my head.  This view you see only makes up about 2% of the face of the glacier. There were places where you could just walk close and touch it! Amazing!  I love Antarctica.

And, of course, only the full-rez version is here on G+! :) Enjoy! :)

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As we approach the amazing glacier on Antarctica (from the previous photo), which loomed hundreds of feet over us, +Stu Robertson and I stood in the silence of it... 
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Inside the CL-130

See the photo I just posted to G+ a few mins ago?  This is what it looks like inside.  I had PLENTY of time to take and process photos inside during the 10 hour flight down to Antarctica.  At the 7 hour point it got SCARY because that is the point at which we cannot turn around and return to New Zealand.  Our only option is to land somewhere on the ice.  SO AWESOME OMG!
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Super Hef comes in to re-supply our camp!

We're based in a very remote valley on the mainland of Antarctica. It would take over a week to hike out of here, and you'd probably die because we're not like those tough old-timers like Shackleton and Scott.  But you know who is?  HEF!  He's a great pilot and just a total joy in the air.

On occasion, the weather has let up so Hef can swoop into camp and resupply us with food and equipment.  I can only take a few photos before the snow-wash completely covers me and I have to spin around so I don't get insta-frostbite!  (but this time, when I turned around, I leaned forward too in a fetal position and the snow-wash ran up my bare back!!  What a rookie mistake... haha.

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The Amazing Shackleton's Hut!

This is the first in a series of photos I'll post from the hut of the famous polar explorer Ernest Shackleton. I can't believe we actually got to go inside and explore it...  we flew in a chopper out to this remote location... how people lived in here, in the middle of Antarctica for so long is truly a wonder!  #AntarcticaNZ
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Yesterday I was sitting near a melt pool on some of the warmer black rock of Antarctica and these amazingly cute penguins walked right up to me!!! :)  
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Mount Erebus, the southernmost active volcano

There are only two active volcanoes on Antarctica, and this one is closest to the pole.  It's near to three other inactive volcanoes: Mount Terror, Mount Bird, and Mount Terra Nova. Erebus is about as high as Mount Cook and I love how it is always covered in snow.
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The Penguin Belly-Slide

I was walking around the sea ice in Antarctica when I would see these trails all over the place.  I had no idea what they were! I was by a scientist, and he told me, "Oh! Those are the trails made by penguins when they slide on their bellies and use their flippers to turn right or left!"  AWESOME! 

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Here's a photo of me in Antarctica, taken by my friend +Stu Robertson 
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