Global environmental challenges
Even the fussy Princess in the Hans Christian Andersen fairytale might slumber peacefully in an Antarctic tent.
She turned up at a castle unannounced in a storm and married the prince after proving she was royal by complaining of a sleepless night because of a lump in the bed — a single pea the Queen placed as an identity test beneath the 20 mattresses and 20 feather beds.
Above is Daniel Fitzgerald, a field assistant at the British Rothera research station, carrying a bag that contains a foam mat, sheepskin rug, sleeping bag and other layers used to spend a night out in bone-chilling temperatures – in total there are 10 layers separating you from the ice and snow.
Reuters TV reporter Stuart McDill and I spent a night on Reptile Ridge on the Antarctic Peninsula — for a story, click here. (We slept in the middle two-person tent in the picture below.)