The Spirit of Mawson - Australasian Antarctic Expedition 2013 - 2014

Australasian Antarctic Expedition

Day 24 – New year’s eve

Posted by Robbie - 31 December 2013

NYE salsa. Photo by Cara Turney. Fujifilm Instax 210

NYE salsa. Photo by Cara Turney. Fujifilm Instax 210

I woke up late today. I completely missed breakfast and the daily briefing. When the others got out of said briefing I asked them what the news was. Turned out that there was a roughly 70% chance that tomorrow the helicopter from the Snow Dragon will come and pick us up. Yesterday we actually saw the helicopter when it scouted out the ice around us.

It was a fluorescent orange with two massive rotors sitting on the top of it. It seemed very wide and long and we were told it could hold sixteen people.

I spent the next few hours lazing about with not a care in the world. I was just lying down fast asleep while listening to Big Bang Theory. Then we got a message which woke me up. It was a new message about the possibility of evacuation. The percentage had changed, we were definitely going to be air evacuated. We will be waiting until the weather becomes better so the visibility is high enough for the chopper.

Instantly I started packing. I know we have a 30kg luggage allowance but I don’t have enough stuff to weigh that much so I packed all that I could into my suitcase. Clothes, electronics, books and games all piled into a large case. Although we still have an issue. Everyone has a full on luggage bag. But the people go first and the luggage goes second. So if the weather craps out during the end of the people then the luggage will be left behind. So a carry on bag is required. My sister has one but I don’t, so I’ll have to pack only the very barest essentials into it.

Later we went out onto the ice and stamped out the helipad. I didn’t get to stomp because I was useful for another objective. I was dragged along. It crushed the snow down and made it smooth, much faster than the other stampede.

When we got back on we headed down to the auditorium and did some Salsa dancing. Or learning how to do some Salsa dancing. It took me a minute but I found that I picked it all up pretty quickly. It was really fluid and I figured that it was mainly about the shoulders and knees than anything else.

So today was great fun. Salsa, being dragged along with my head bobbing up and down, hearing of soon being on the helicopter. But hoping to be back home soon.