King Haakon Bay

We’re here, and we’re ready to go!

The latest storm abated overnight, and we woke this morning to clearing skies and gentle winds. The latest forecast – a series of screens showing blue or red musical-note thingies with varying numbers of tails – indicates three days coming up with 15-20 knot winds (which counts as a gentle breeze around here). So, the expedition is on….

Trusty Pelagic Australis from the beach

We had a gentle 3-hour sail into King Haakon Bay, passing as we entered it Cape Cove where the James Caird made its first landing. It’s no more than a slot between the cliffs and a scoop of shingle beach. It must have looked like a welcome refuge but the wave surge drives straight up into it. As soon as they had recuperated, Shackleton ordered a move on round the bay to Peggotty Bluff where they established a camp.

Our afternoon has been full of welcome activity after yesterday’s waiting and watching. We have ferried the pulks (sledges) and a series of blue barrels full of all our gear across to the beach, we have loaded the pulks, we have been allocated our tents and camping partners (we’ll rope up in the same teams). Everything is now lying in three neat mounds at the snow margin. It should be safe enough there overnight. Unless one of the colossal elephant seals lollops over and attempts to mate with one of the prettier pulks. It has happened before….

Barrels coming ashore

This will be my last post before the end of the traverse. But there will be news every day – via Iridium phone from camp to boat, and then email from boat to London, from where the blog will be posted. Technology, eh?

Keep reading!

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8 Responses to King Haakon Bay

  1. Jenny Evans says:

    Good luck, Janey – thinking of you. The blog has been wonderful to follow. Can’t wait for a good old natter and a glass or two of red wine when its all done. Lots of love xxx

    • southbyeight says:

      Thank you so much for your thoughts. They mean a lot. I can’t reply in person as the satellite link from where we are is too difficult, but do keep commenting as I will receive them. (via Theo)

  2. Fanny Blake says:

    Hope the elephant seals know what’s good for them and that the traverse goes smoothly. Take good care of yourself. The Angel canal’s going to seem very tame after this. Loving the blog, thinking of you and willing you on. Much love xx

    • southbyeight says:

      Thank you so much for your thoughts. They mean a lot. I can’t reply in person as the satellite link from where we are is too difficult, but do keep commenting as I will receive them.

  3. Matt says:

    Best of luck with the traverse Janey

    Love
    Matt

  4. Kathy says:

    Go Janey, and the rest of the team. Wishing you fair weather and good snow. x

  5. Marianne Velmans says:

    I too have been following your posts avidly ( and tweeting them!)thinking rather you than me! Wonderful to have these real time reports, really brings it home.Keep safe. Love Marianne

  6. charlie says:

    Go mum!!! Good luck on the traverse. Love you, and hope you’ve got your Wales flag tied to your pulk! xxxx

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