Saturday, 28 May 2011

Happy birthday Katie

20110510-DSC_6578_79_80_81_82_83_84_tonemappedAs it was Katies birthday earlier this month I though I’d start this blog entry off for my bestest science buddy!

Katie asked if we could go camping for her birthday, so we decided on the sealers cave at Maiviken. We hoped that the view from the cave might be nice for sunrise, and it would be a different place to spend the evening some time. It also tied in nicely with work so I could collect seal scats the following day on the way back!

Having walked over to Maiviken hut we picked up some waste wood for a campfire and headed down to the cave. It was breezy but a nice afternoon and we walked along the beach so I could collect some scats. As we were doing this it started to snow, that put a stop to my work burying 20110510-DSC_6587everything! I made a nice campfire in the cave entrance, and we sorted out or sleeping bags, thermarests and bivvy bags on the sleeping platform inside the cave; which incidentally has a door and window, properly hobbit style!

After an evening chatting, having dinner and a bottle of red it was time for bed. The cave was surprisingly warm, much warmer than being in a tent for certain.

The following day there was a fresh couple of inches of snow, so my work was out the window. The walk back however was really nice, everywhere always looks beautiful with a covering of snow I think. It wasn’t so deep as to require snow shoes, although we did find the occasional deeper drift to sink into. The walk back down bore valley was very nice, and the sun was shining too. We strolled back into base ready to work the day having had a great night away from base, and a chance to recharge our batteries away from the usual busyness of base.

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