Anne Dalvera’s tour of Pressure Ridge

December 15th, 2007 andrea

Anne Dalvera
Today I went on a lovely tour of Pressure Ridge, an area just outside Scott Base where the ice shelf meets the sea ice and creates giant natural ice sculptures where often seals can be found. The tour was led by Anne Dalvera, an amazing field guide who was one of a group of four women who were the first women ever to ski to the South Pole. She cross-country skied over 600 miles over several weeks in the bitter cold.

It was a beautiful clear and quiet day, even more quiet on the ice. We found a group of about ten Weddell seals sunbathing. This recording presents some excepts of our trip, I think it really expresses the stillness of the day. Extremely quiet and at about 15 minutes, this one is only for the most dedicated and patient listeners – seriously.

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Castle Rock Loop

December 15th, 2007 andrea

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Today Tia and I hiked the Castle Rock loop. We took our time (about 6 hours!) and shot a lot of footage in almost 30mph winds. Tia made some beautiful, subtle recordings with the boom mic. Here is a binaural (headphones recommended as usual) recording I made of inside one of the shelters. You can hear the winds outside and Tia coming in the shelter door at the end. When I first listened to this, the spatialization at the end is so strong that I was startled, I thought the door sounds were actually happening in the world outside the headphones.

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