Quad Biking in Antarctica

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by travelingaustralian, May 11, 2013.

  1. RZRob

    RZRob Long timer

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    Excellent video. What's the beam of ligh just past the 3 minute mark?

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  2. travelingaustralian

    travelingaustralian Globe Trotting

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    RZ Rob,

    That is one of the spot lights at 4am in the morning looking for icebergs. We were heading into a storm so were facing into the bad weather and just trying to spot the bergs as they moved towards us. You could see the bigger ones on the radar but the smaller ones are a little harder to spot. Its really cool as we as expeditioners are able to help out on the beck. I was doing port watch 4 hours on 4 hours off and getting the time ticked off in a log book. The first week was not so good as I was very sea sick in the big 10 meter seas and required 2 injections from being so sick!!!!!
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  3. max384

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    :clap:clap:clap Awesome!
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  4. seabee1

    seabee1 we build, we fight

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    those are some incredible night time photos!

    thanks for sharing.
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  5. OzJuJu

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    You are having an Adventure (and getting paid for it!) and getting to ride in a place that has defined adventurers for over a hundred years..... You don't need to justify this thread :D

    Now you need to smuggle a Tenere down there and ride it to the South Pole :huh.... Strictly for scientific research :lol3
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  6. Vinbowie

    Vinbowie Been here awhile

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    Awesome, :clap
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  7. travelingaustralian

    travelingaustralian Globe Trotting

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    Well Ill be heading out again on Saturday for the night this time just for fun. The plan is to try get up through Ellis Narrows. Last week when we tried to get up there the high tide had cut the sea ice away and had made it thin around the edges. The reason it is like this is its a thin gap between land and as the tid rises and falls it forces it way through the gap. Looks rather cool though.
    Ill try get some pictures of the frozen lake up near the plateau.
    As the days are getting shorter now, we are down to 5 hours of light a day the weather has started to get worse. Strong winds and heavier snow dumps.
    I was walking up to the workshop and took a small video of the experience.
    I thought id share this with you also.

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  8. c1skout

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    That's awesome. Any special prep work to make the quads useable in those temps? Can you let them cool off if you stop or do you need to let them run?
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  9. Mini Trail

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    Awesome. I would have guessed that there would be one building or they would connect them so you don't have to go out in the environment.
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  10. travelingaustralian

    travelingaustralian Globe Trotting

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    We have just upgraded to Honda 420cc quads from the old carb 350cc which were a lot easier to start in the cold!!. The new 420's are EFI and course a little trouble in the really cold conditions. Once it gets below -25c nothing really likes to start! We have added andeson plugs so we can jump start them from a new 12v battery in the field or off another quad as batteries hate the cold!!!! The other thing the ECM and all it's sensors have a hissy fit in the cold!! The air sensor are only calibrated to -20c so we sometimes have to blow warm air down the intake so they will star. We also make the spark plug gap smaller.
    We keep them running while out in the field, though at night when staying in a field hut we shut them down and hope like hell we can get them started in the morning!! On these field trips there is always a mechanic that tags along. So I get out a bit!!
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  11. travelingaustralian

    travelingaustralian Globe Trotting

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    Here are a couple more pictures of down here.

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  12. Fuzzyone

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    Now THAT is a sky!
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  13. travelingaustralian

    travelingaustralian Globe Trotting

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    Only recently I bought a new bike. The funny thing is I have not ridden it yet!!
    I bought this 2012 KTM 690R first rego in September while I have been down here and had my parents pick it up for me the other day and will store it till I get home. Im lucky as I have another mechanic in the family to check it out for me.
    I always said I would be doing a RTW trip once I returned from down here. I bought this bike because it only had 1000km on it and it had a couple of extras already on it. I have always liked KTM's
    The owner bought it brand new and then lost his job so in some way I feel bad for him though his loss is my gain!. I have ordered all the gear I require to turn it into a great adventure bike. I ordered from Rally Raid in the UK front tank,fairing, radiator guard and screen, rear tank, soft laggage racks and a bunch more gear that will be sitting at home waiting for me to fit when I get back. My plan is to fly over to South America and travel right around it then ride north to Alaska.

    Also Ill post up some pictures from this weekends little trip we did out to one of the field huts "Watts Hut" once my camera has de frosted!!!! I normally seal up my camera in a bag and let it warm up slowly so it does not get condensation inside it. So maybe tomorrow if im not to busy Ill put the photos. I have some great pictures of the frozen lakes we managed to get to!.

    Here is my new toy. Only been at my parents place a week.
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  14. FotoTEX

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    I had the privilege of going to Antarctica this past Feb. 2103 and it was beyond words or photos. Seeing the things you see on a daily basis is incredible. Thanks for sharing.
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  15. jazzer

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    Wow! Thanks for posting:clap
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  16. travelingaustralian

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    I had the weekend off as one of the other guys did the machine opps. (Opps are the checks we have to do every couple hours on the machines running the power house)
    It gave me and 3 others a chance to try get back up to Watts Hut. Its about a 20km drive on the sea ice then up a fjord. Once you reach the end of the fjord you cross over a land bridge onto a fresh water lake. The lake is solid ice and quite possibly one of the most amazing things I have seen!!! While standing on the ice you hear mighty booms and the ground moves!!! Its the ice releasing pressure and makes these massive cracks!!! It bloody well scares the f#$k out of you as well!!!!
    Once we reached the hut we settled in and got our selfs warm. Later once the sun went down we went back up onto the lake to get some night pictures of the frozen lake.

    Here are a couple pictures from the trip.

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    The ice was like cement!!! It took ages to drill through it!!

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    The ice is that clear you can see the ground 40meters below!!!
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  17. cedric

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    Wow, great photos, keep 'em coming if you can!
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  18. Edmond Dantès

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    Reminds me of Outpost #31 in John Carpenter's 'The Thing'!
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  19. ferals5

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    thanks for sharing... amazing :clap
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  20. sandgroper

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    amazing pictures. thank you
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