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Reaching the base - 8 February

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Friday 8 February
-9.5 deg C
Clear but stormy skies over the sea.

I had my alarm set for 5am and when I woke the ship was moving really slowly and smoothly.

On deck I could see we were approaching the edge of the Brunt ice shelf, looking for a suitable place to tie up. We were at creek 4, where the Shackleton and the Amderma had made the first call this season to off-load their cargo. This is the preferred landing point and the closest route to Halley. There was already a BAS welcoming party ready to meet us and a number of exercises started to test the integrity of the sea ice and moor up the Shackleton.

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