This won’t be all for today, I hope, but we’re trying a quick post with words and a picture…. Hope you’re all receiving us so far.
Australis is a big boat. But there are now 12 of us on board, with 10 pairs of skis, 10 sets of ice axes, crampons, harnesses, tents and all the hardware for a 2-week mountaineering excursion, PLUS all the food for a lot of hungry people for a month, their clothes and personal belongings, oilies, seaboots – so there is a fair amount of stowing to do. The lockers around the saloon containing dry goods and tins are a miracle of organisation. The boat’s tanks contain three tonnes of water, seven tonnes of diesel.
We have also been planning and then bagging up three sets of 5-day sledging rations. Rice, pasta, teabags, muesli, milk powder, trail mix, cheese, salami. I haven’t seen any tinned foie gras or cases of champage, but Stephen may have them hidden somewhere.
Lunch preparation is underway now, and we hope to set sail not long after that.