Because we had logistical help, courtesy of the NZ and American taxpayers we included surveying, geology and biology among our skills and we acquitted ourselves well in that respect. We discovered the furthest south animal life on our planet at the time (Collembola insects and mites), did enough geology for a couple of scientific papers and surveyed more of the Ross Dependency than any team that summer. We also managed to climb about ten peaks, all of them first ascents. I never saw a single penguin! At the end I managed to get employment as the cook at Scott Base when the cook went AWOL into the ice. A narrative of the trip by Bob Cawley, our leader, can be found in the NZ Alpine Journal of 1960. For me the whole adventure was a life changing experience. Here are a few photos of this memorable expedition.
|Manhauling on the Ross Ice Shelf|
|Camp on the Hood Glacier|
|Descending Mt Patrick|
|Summit of Mt Kyffin|
|Wedge Face Peak Camp|
|Manhauling down the Hood Glacier. Photo: Hugh Tyndale Biscoe|