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Old 06-20-2013, 01:36 AM   #89
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Mid Winter's Swim

Tomorrow is mid winter's. For us and most Antarctic base's there will be some sort of celebrations to mark the longest day of night. As today is my birthday the station agreed to do the mid winters swim a day early so I could take the plunge. Yesterday we spent the afternoon cutting a hole into the sea ice which was just over a meter thick ready for the swim today. I was first up being the birthday boy. If you look closely the water has a layer of grease ice. We were having to scrape the surface after each jump.

The pictures were taken by one of the other expeditioners.









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