Based on a month-long semi-circumnavigation of the extremely remote western and southern coasts of Antarctica, this book documents the sights, sounds and history (both natural and human) on a once-in-a-lifetime journey by icebreaker in Antarctic waters.
It's divided into four sections, which roughly correspond to each week of the journey.
Week 1: Santiago to the Antarctic Peninsula
The notoriously rough Drake Passage crossing skirts a storm in the Yungan Basin to reach the Antarctic Peninsula, sighting first land near Brabant Island.
Week 2: The Phantom Coast
Aptly named, we get to discover why it's so called! Continuing south and west from the peninsula, a lucky few get to set foot on a little-visited Antarctic island (Peter 1 Øy).
Week 3: The Ross Sea
Continuing past the Ross Ice Shelf, we reach the icy inlet of McMurdo Sound, containing one of the greatest concentrations of historic huts in Antarctica and some present day research bases. But for me, the highlight is visiting the largest known colonies of Emperor and Adelie Penguins at Cape Washington and Cape Adare.
Week 4: Southern Ocean to Christchurch
Leaving the Antarctic continent, we encounter the lesser-known, (but just as rough!) crossing of the Southern Ocean, stopping at the sub-Antarctic isles of Campbell and Enderby where we get chased about by very territorial sea-lions!
Chiz Dakin is an award-winning photographer and writer specialising in most sustainable activities outdoors and more general travel. But she has a special interest in travel to wild coasts and mountains and doing cycling, walking, mountaineering, diving and sea kayaking. And obviously photography of all the above! She runs photography workshops in the Derbyshire/Staffordshire Peak District and Spanish Sierra Nevada, and can be commissioned for photography of most things outdoors and active (as long as they're not babies, pets or weddings!!) She also writes fully-illustrated articles for magazines when time permits.
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