So, here are a few photos from a midwinter trip last year to Pebble Island. It was snowing in Stanley when we took off, but brilliant sunshine on Pebble. Much to our surprise the pilot decided to land on the 4-mile beach, something we'd always wanted to experience.
The islands's residents act as a ground crew, with mobile fire-fighting kit and wind sock.
Unfortunately, the pilot decided to land about 500 metres from where they were waiting, so they had to race down the beach to greet us.
Afterwards, we explored the island, climbed a hill; got caught in a small snow shower; and experienced frozen pipes for the first time in decades.
A great place to visit at any time of year.
|Snowy Stanley airport|
|Snow lying in the trenches dug by the deminers. In other words, former minefields outside Stanley.|
|The main road traversing a huge stone run|
|Not snow, but sand!|
|The ground crew approach|
|Arrival lounge, Pebble Island|
|Dot the Dispatcher|
|Wind sock on a sled.|
|Gunning it down the runway|
|Snowy Sheathbill, Antarctic resident|
|The SAS blew up 13 planes during a raid in 1982|
|Lichen grows on aluminium|
|Frozen ground is covered safely with nordic walking poles|
|Not just sheep|
|Airstrip, but waterlogged, so we used the beach|
|HMS Coventry memorial|
|Shelter from the snow|
|West to Saunders Island, Keppel and more.|
|Looking west from a World War 2 observation post.|
|Looking east to the settlement|
|Our transport back to Stanley|
Hope you enjoyed these,