From the Archive: Fisher Massif, Northern Prince Charles Mountains, Antarctica

Climbing on Fisher Massif, Northern Prince Charles Mountains, Antarctica. © www.thomaspickard.com

Climbing on Fisher Massif, Northern Prince Charles Mountains, Antarctica. © www.thomaspickard.com

You know you are a very long way from anywhere, when you are flown by helicopter to a remote mountain range in Antarctica, well past midnight and you have the following dialogue with your pilot before leaving the helicopter:

Pilot - “Are you guys sure you have everything you need?”

Us - “Yeap, we are good.”

Pilot - “No really. Take a moment to double check you have everything you will need”

Dan, Duanne and myself look at each other and run through what we have in our backpacks.

Us - “Yeap we are good. See you in seven hours at the base of the peak”

Pilot - “Okay”.

And with that we opened the doors of the helicopter and stepped out into the freezing cold twilight of the Antarctic night.

In the hours’ that followed, we climbed this peak and descended to our rendezvous point. Along the way my one-litre water bottle in my backpack pretty much froze solid and not long after this photo was taken, my film Nikon F100 camera stopped working. It was simply too cold for my camera’s battery.

Fisher Massif, Northern Prince Charles Mountains