Welcome to our travel blog. We are Tabitha and Nic. In 2011 we 'retired' in our early 40s and set off to travel the world. We spent our first year in South America and have been lucky enough to make two trips to Antarctica.

Our blog is a record of our travels, thoughts and experiences. It is not a guide book, but we do include some tips and information, so we hope that you may find it useful if you are planning to visit somewhere we have been. Or you may just find it interesting as a bit of armchair travel.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Mincing in moon boots

One of the activities on offer on the ship was mountaineering. This sounds impressive except that, for most people who either don't have mountaineering experience or didn't have the  right type of boots, it wasn't so much mountaineering as walking in wellies with snowshoes.  Hence the activity was unofficially renamed mincing in moonboots.

But the relatively basic nature of the hike was fine for Nic, so he gave it a go today.  The group of around twenty  set off to Damoy Point and were kitted out with their snowshoes and roped up to walk in two groups.

The ropes were because they were walking across a glacier and you never entirely know whether the nice snow covering is hiding a deep crevasse.  Thankfully the guides knew what they were doing and no-one fell to their cold death!

Walking on ropes took a bit of getting used to, and a few people fell when they hadn't yet all managed to get the rhythm right.  And when someone kept stopping to take photos it mean that those ahead all had to slow up until he caught up again, but they managed OK overall.

They were lucky with the weather, and it only took them about an hour to get to the top, where they were let off the rope so that they could walk around and enjoy the great views.

Still not being used to walking in snowshoes, and knowing that pieces of the glacier can calve off into the sea, Nic made sure to keep well away from the edge.

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