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Chronicles from Concordia

Midwinter celebrates a midway point of sorts

17 Jul 2012, 10:00 UTC
Midwinter celebrates a midway point of sorts
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I will never forget my journey to Concordia. The flight over Antarctica involves a stop between Dumont Duville and Concordia to refuel. The refuelling stops are known as Midpoint A/B/C. You land in a blanket of white - all around … Continue reading →

In the plane to Concordia. Credits: A. Kumar
I will never forget my journey to Concordia. The flight over Antarctica involves a stop between Dumont Duville and Concordia to refuel. The refuelling stops are known as Midpoint A/B/C. You land in a blanket of white - all around you is a flat white horizon.
You climb out of the hatch of the 'Twin Otter' airplane and stammer around in the relative hypoxia (lack of oxygen). Nothing survives there, it is just featureless ice. In a way it could have been heaven. You know you are half way somewhere, but know you still have a long way to go.
Credits: A. Kumar
Midwinter feels like this. We are half way into our wintering and period of darkness.
The next few months are going to be extremely difficult - our reserves are running low and the effects of the darkness and isolation will take more of a hold ...

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