|Inside the buildings.|
We got up relatively early (come on, it is basically my holiday!)
and left around 9.30am for Carvajal.
Carvajal is an abandoned base. It used to belong to the British. When they sailed down to open up a base at Rothera, they were not able to get to it due to sea ice and decided to instead build the base further South (southern tip of Adelaide Island). However, Rothera was still a better location in the long run as a runway could be build for
|Communal area with bar.|
planes which was quite important. The station was given to Chile (I think for 1£). A couple of years ago the station was abandoned
|Little shrine underneath|
the stairs - ueber creepy.
and is only visited every now and then in the summer. It is a popular destination for winter trips as the station has been left as it was (included bottles on the bar) and everything is still there (minus all the stuff that has been taken by visitors). Slightly more information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teniente_Luis_Carvajal_Villaroel_Antarctic_Base
|laying in the sun (Photo: Steve)|
|Signing my name in the Base Commander|
Office (Photo: Steve)
|Walking up the slope from Carvajal|
|Plane wreck (Photo: Steve)|
We had curry and mulled wine for dinner. Tom (our Communications Manager) talked to us on scheds which nearly did not work (contacts on the radio got moist) and we would have had to use the Sat phone to reassure that we are all safe and well. This evening we had a beautiful clear sky with the full moon outside. It was really bright, looked quite weird; I don’t think I have ever experienced such bright light from the moon.
|Mythical Monster - exposed rocky bit on the left.|
|On the way up.|
|Pointing at the camp from mythical |
monster. (Photo: Steve)