Flying south for the winter

Story and photographs by Shane Ness

Antarctica’s wild nature captures the world’s imagination. This white continent caught me and now I get to join a very unique club, for those few people who have wintered over in Antarctica.

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The AAD’s A319 at Wilkins Aerodrome

Australia has been a part of the Antarctic story for 100 years. Sir Douglas Mawson infamous expeditions in the 1930’s have led the way for decades of Australian National Antarctic Research Expedition (ANARE) expeditioners to work in this icy, remote, extreme and beautiful continent at the bottom of the world.

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Whoop Whoop Hercules

I remember the start of my Antarctic story. I was an apprentice electrician in the 2000’s. I heard that electricians could work in Antarctica, but I felt it was out of reach for your average bloke. Little did I know that 10 years later I would be writing this story from Mawson Station Antarctica, preparing to winter over.

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Vesfold Hills Davis

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Welcome To Davis

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Davis Street Sign

Why Antarctica? I get asked this all the time. For me it is a part of the adventure, I thrive on challenging myself. The Antarctic adventure is not just bout exploring far off lands, it is about the challenges of working in such an extreme environment. The challenges of living in a small community for 12 months and the challenges of being away from my loved ones. This is going to be my biggest challenge ever.

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Davis From The Air

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Ice Berge moving

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Pan Cake Ice

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Rumdoodle from the air

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Twin Otter @ Rumdoodle

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Kombi’s in Adelaide. The Ethical Road Trip

The Kombi Crew have not been able to use the sliding door of our Kombi for a week now. We have been climbing through the front door. Its been a little awkward, specially now that there are 3 of us living in the van. However we are approaching a major city and a local VW shop believes he may have the parts to repair the hinge.

South Australia and Adelaide has completely blown we me away, the city centre has some amazing buildings and is right next to the lush green rolling hills.

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Playing with shining things

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Reeds at Sunset

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headspace Adelaide in Kombi Confessions

G’Day from Adelaide in South Australia. Its Friday which means another episode of Kombi Confessions. Where I interview a bunch of amazing people all across Australia in my 1976 Kombi.

Today we have a bunch of special guest, we are all crammed in the Kombi, a true inspiration the Adelaide headspace Youth Ambassadors. Leah, Ella, Bob and Ella.

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The Kombi Melts, The Flies Take Over and The Door falls off AGAIN!

We wake early to a beautiful sunrise over Streaky Bay South Australia. We are quickly in the desert and it starts to get hot, I am certain the Kombi will melt, then the flies start, then the door falls off again! Argghh first day in the desert and I am knackered!

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Home Made Melts

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The Kombi and Venus Bay

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Pelicans In Venus Bay

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Spectacular Sunsets on The Nullarbor.

We reach the The Nullarbor, a huge stretch of baron desert land that can both destroy your soul and take your breath away with incredible beauty. Today the Nullarbor welcomes us with a spectacular sky show. We approach our very first camp site in the desert and a treated to a road side spectacular sunset, then shortly after setting up camp, some thing amazing happens. This amazing part of the world has just gifted me something that I will talk about for the rest of my life, something that I feel seriously blest to have witnessed.

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The Kombi and the Nullarbor


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Welcome to the Nullarbor

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Kombi Door Disaster.

Today is the day, Today we leave to drive 7000km across Australia in a 1976 Kombi. But chaos…..We haven’t even left the driveway on The Ethical Road Trip and the Kombi’s door falls off! Yes falls off! How do I fix it?

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Tony’s Travels in Kombi Confessions

Welcome to the very first episode of Kombi Confessions.
Where I interview a bunch of amazing people all across Australia in my 1976 Kombi.

Today we have my good mate and fellow Travel YouTuber Tony from Tony’s Travels.

Tony is an inspirational person. He has chosen a life of travel and really lives for adventure. His YouTube Channel is incredible and a must visit.

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Customising My Kombi.

Well our huge road trip is closing in fast, and I still have plenty to do to prepare the Kombi for the adventure. Today I make some new door skins, wire in some new music, paint the cupboards and even strap down the spare tyre.

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Mountain Biking Antarctica.

It is a beautiful summers day at Casey Station Antarctica, it’s a balmy zero degrees celsius, the sun is shining and not a breath of wind. A few of us decide to shoot a short film, a film to show our friends what we do in our spare time. We grab the stations mountain bikes and ride down to the rocky outcrop near the Wharf.

Mountain Biking Antarctica

Mountain Biking Antarctica

Mountain Biking Antarctica

Mountain Biking Antarctica

Mountain Biking Antarctica

Mountain Biking Antarctica

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Survival Training: Antarctica.

The time has come, I am both excited and a little nervous about the next two days. Every expeditioner needs to complete and show their competence in all aspects of survival training. This includes everything from organising your expedition paper work through to plotting your course using maps and compasses.

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Survival Training: Casey Station

As our training day approaches we are informed by the Meteorology team that the weather is turning bad and a blizzard is possible. We carry on planning our training day and decide as a group to go a head. I must admit I am a little nervous about spending 24hrs out in this weather, but at the same time I am well aware how much of a unique experience this will be. Everyone down there needs to complete survival training, but so far everyone has had perfect weather.

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Survival Training, Antarctica.

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Survival Training, Antarctica: Feeling The Chill

We have completed all our paper work, collected all our gear and we are ready to head out. We make our very first call in to Casey Communications, explain our intentions and off we head towards Shirley Island. We need to follow the approved walking route which winds its way through a rocky valley. We have a few marked GPS Way points on our maps, which we use to navigate ourselves through this area. I soon realised that this was going to be a challenge. We constantly refer to our maps and compasses, but it so windy. Every time I remove my map from my jacket it almost blows away.

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Radioing In

We reach the sea ice and call Casey Communications. To walk on ice we need know how thick it is and the only way to do that is to drill the ice. So we grab our Sea Ice Drill and set it all up. We learn a bit about sea ice, how to tell if it is good ice, how thick it is and how saturated it is. As we finish drilling we are visited by group inquisitive Adelie Penguins. It was incredible, they came right up to us and spent a good 10 minutes just chilling and checking us out, until they get bored and return to their colony.

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Adelie Penguins, Shirley Island, Antarctica

As we reach Shirley Island we have another training drill. We set up a survival shelter called a Mega Bivvy. A bivvy is a bag that you can use in a survival situation. They are way to escape from the wind, they are super light and easy to set up even in strong winds. We all jump in the Mega Bivvy and call in to Casey Communications. We watch and listen to the weather getting worse and decide its time to head to our next location, The Wharf. Here we will learn how to use the camp stoves and how to set up our personal bivvy bags and where we’ll be spending the night.

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