We loaded up the hagglund and three skidoo’s with an enormous amount of essential stuff as the exercises is to try out all the equipment - polar tents, stoves, GPS’s, shovels, survival gear and way too much food.
I had a lesson on the skidoo – throttle, break, that’s all you need and we were off, I got to ride it to our destination “Room with a view”. I could not believe I was racing across snow-covered hills in Antarctica in a staggered formation trying to keep up with Glenn and in front of Ian. Bounce, bump bounce...they feel like a horse bucking you off at times as they hit uneven snow and your airborne off the seat - great fun. "Room with a view" at the base of Mt Erebus is amazing, 360-degree views that are beyond words and photographs.
We erected our polar tents, dug out shelters for our stoves and somewhere to sit and helped/ watched Ian and Don build an ice cave. Bed time according to our watches as it was still sunny and we wriggled into three layers of sleeping bags with mittens and thick socks on. No sleep but that’s OK. The tent glowed too brightly through my eyelids. In the morning we de-camped back to base via the A-Frame. A small building away from the base that is treated like a Bach and is great for weekends away. Sir Edmond Hillary visited a few weeks earlier.