Fantastic news – the revised Heard Island Expedition 2016 roster is out and I’ve made the cut so I’m heading south from Cape Town in March 2016.
The team is down to 14 in total from the original 35. It’s going to be an intensive 3 weeks on Heard Island as each of us will have to make a much bigger contribution to maintaining daily operations.
There’s nothing easy about getting to Heard Island. Our expedition has been delayed until March 2016 as the charter for the vessel we were to sail from Fremantle on did not come through.
And in a good example of “it’s who you know” a few phone calls later a replacement charter has been arranged – but there’s a down side, the expedition roster has been cut from 35 to 15!! I’m clinging to a hope that I’ll make the cut and be on the very reduced team that will now leave Cape Town for Heard Island in March next year.
Fingers and toes crossed – I really want to be heading deep into the Southern Ocean next year….
It’s now only 7 months until we sail from Freemantle to Heard Island. In the next week the charter of the vessel Akademik Shokalskiy will be confirmed and the permits from Australian Antarctic Division will be applied for. It’s all go from here on in.
Several weeks back I returned to my local gym to be confronted by scales telling me I had stacked on 7kg’s of “conditioning” while I’ve been resident at the hotel in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. A more strict diet is now in place and my training programme has stepped up a gear. Thankfully I’ve managed to shed 3 kg’s so far as I head back down to the low 80kg’s I hope.
Soon it will be time to start carrying a heavily weighted back pack around the local streets – I can’t wait !!