Castle Rock Loop Hike
We had gorgeous weather this weekend! Two friends and I set out on a day hike of the Castle Rock loop. The rock was named by Scott’s Discovery expedition (1901-1904). The rock is open for scrambling later in the season. We had sunshine, amazing views and warm temperatures.
There are three warming huts on the loop. They are called “Apples” and provide emergency shelter in case of an unexpected storm. They are stocked with food, fuel and survival bags.
The weather was too nice to spend time in the Apple. On the way up the trail, we had views of Castle Rock and Mt. Erebus (Active Volcano on Ross Island). The cloud cap over Erebus made for amazing views.
Kelly and I hiked the loop. Robert decided to carry a snowboard, despite the fact that he has never been on a snowboard before. While Kelly and I enjoyed views of Erebus (above) and listened to incredible silence, Robert attempted snowboarding. He quickly converted the snowboard to a sled which proved to be more energy efficient.
At the bottom of the trail, we were treated to more pressure ridges.
We finished the hike at the Scott base store and caught a shuttle back to McMurdo. The hike was 7 miles and we covered it in about 3 hours (+ 1/2 hour of waiting for the snowboarder :)). I am looking forward to repeating the loop on skis when T.J. arrives!