The coldest journey: latest update
More from the 2000-mile crossing of Antarctica in CAT bulldozers...
Posted: 23 Apr 2013
But first we had jobs to do. We hadn't been allowed down into the hold to start the engines on the Cats while we were at sea because we were carrying several hundred tonnes of highly explosive fuel in the same hold. But now we could access the area, Spencer and I went down to change a few filters - after their sitting for over a month without being started, we didn't want to take any chances. Then we checked all the oil levels, crossed our fingers and fired the engines up to get them up to temperature. Soon, the Cats were hooked up to the crane and lifted into the Antarctic sunshine.
I watched Rover emerge from the hold, unscathed apart from a small ding on the rear catwalk caused by the ship listing slightly on a wave as the dozer was being unloaded. As soon as the Cat was safely deposited on the ice, I clambered over the bow and down the ladder onto the ice shelf for my first time. We were here. The expedition had actually arrived.