I came in freezing and still in intense pain, then gulped half a litre of water and tried to go back to sleep. At four am I was still awake and in agony so I woke Luc to see if he had any panadol which he did so I swallowed four with another half a litre of water and in about an hour later I managed to fall asleep. (In the state I was in I never thought to look in the medical kit for strong pain killers or to call the station doctor on the radio) I didn’t wake till about ten am still with a very bad head ache and feeling like a zombie. We had hot drinks and something to each before heading off about twelve o’clock.
Once we got below about five hundred metres, the visibility once again became zero so after a discussion we decided to turn around and go back up on the high ground and circumnavigate Fischer Nunatak (A Nunatak is Norwegian for a mountain) and maybe climb the 707m summit. When we got up high and around the eastern side of Fischer Nunatak the visibility once again returned to zero so we decided to call it quits and head back to the station.
I was suffering all the way back and trying to concentrate on navigating in the whiteout was nearly more than I could handle. Eventually we got back down the plateau to around 300m and the visibility increased to about 150kms with a magnificent view of the mountains, sea ice and ice bergs far off in the horizon. It was so good, I pulled up and switched off the motor and we lay on the ice for half an hour listening to the intense silence and the cracking of the ice sheet.