National Geographic : 1983 Oct
BLINDING SNOW SQUALL (below) envelops two expedition members as they rescue a steel sledge from a sudden crack in the ice of the Fimbul Shelf during unloading. Failure would have meant loss of the snowmobile and a second sledge harnessed to the first one by orange nylon lines. For winter camp at Ryvingen, crew members assemble prefabricated cardboard dwelling units (right) conceived by Ginnie Fiennes. Covered with a layer of snow and heated by kerosene stoves, the dwellings withstood 100-mile-an-hour winds and temperatures in the minus 50s Fahrenheit. By March 15, 1980, the long polar night had settled over the camp, recalling for the author the lines from Coleridge's "Ancient Mariner": The sun's rim dips, the stars rush out: At one stride comes the dark. ... In the camp's radio shack (below right)Ginnie Fiennes checks her gear. With no previous experience in radio, she trained in London before the expedition merely to operate the equipment. But when the main set broke down at Ryvingen, she was able to repair it with instructions radioed from London via the backup set.