Thursday, December 11, 2008

The Further Adventures of Tin-Tin


Also known as the eldest. Received a call tonight from McMurdo base, Antarctica. He is chillin' there (actually warmer than Minnesota) while waiting for the flight to take him and his expedition to the hinterlands- way, way, WAY down south. There are more photos from this year and last on his Flickr site, along with some not-so icy shots of New Zealand mixed in. The picture above is an old crate from Scott's 1910 expedition, in Scott's hut, well-preserved by the cold, dry climate.

I can't even begin to comprehend some of the things which that kid gets himself into.

By Professor Batty



7 Comments:

Blogger Móðir, kona, meyja said...

Takes after his father, does he?


Anonymous Jon said...

I wonder what your father would have blogged about you?
Nice pics, by the way.


Blogger Professor Batty said...

K~ that apple fell far from the tree...

Jon~ that is quite another story.


Blogger soubriquet said...

I'm an englishman, so I drink tea.
And the tea I drink is Captain Scott's Expedition Tea.
The makers describe it as "A strong tea, blended to recreate the original blend we supplied to Captain Scott's antarctic expedidion of 1910...the original tea chests are still in existence in the Discovery Hut, at Hut Point, and Scott's Hut at cape Evans."
each pack of tea sold results in a donation to the Antarctic Heritage Trust which works to preserve and repair those huts your son visited.
see:-
www.ukaht.org

My friend was a climber and expedition guide in Antarctica for a few years, training scientists in the techniques required to travel and survive there, and also to take people and equipment to places never before visited. For him, it was a mountaineers dream job!


Blogger Professor Batty said...

Soubriquet~ thanks for stopping by, you've got a good blog! This is my son's third trip, his time is spent in the dry valleys, on the edges of glaciers and in the mountains, collecting data on the movement of glaciers over the past several hundred years.


Blogger soubriquet said...

Thank you for the kind words, I've been delving deeper in your archives and finding much of interest, I'm not a very structured or disciplined visitor so I haven't figured out the who, why, where and what, but I'm enjoying my journeys.
In my childhood I was often confined to my home by chronic asthma, and my way to escape from the pain, fatigue, and fear of that condition led me to a love of reading, I read Ernest Shackleton's "Heart of the Antarctic" at about the age of eleven, which instilled a fascination with the frozen regions. Then Hammond Innes' "The White South", when I was reading I became part of the story, I was standing on the ice, I was hauling sledges, I was trying to flex my frozen toes...

So I'm a bit jealous of your son's journeys. Sigh. To go into those places where maybe no person has ever ventured before.
Still, it's december, maybe it will snow tomorrow...........


Blogger Professor Batty said...

... he's still in McMurdo, where it's twenty degrees C. warmer than here in Minnesota right now!

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