Opinion: Frozen in time in Captain Scott's Antarctic hut

OPINION: There was something surreal about being in explorer Robert Scott's Cape Evans Hut. This hut, built in 1911, housed 16 officers and scientists with a separate mess deck for nine crewmen.

This would be the last hut Scott and his team would inhabit in their mission to claim the Pole, which would ultimately claim their lives.

The Cape Evans hut was later used by Shackleton and his Ross Sea party, which was marooned there and lived off Scott's excess rations.

A dead penguin lies preserved in Scott's Hut.
A dead penguin lies preserved in Scott's Hut. Photo credit: Newshub.

One thing that got me about the Hut was the absolute lack of any sound.

The day we visited there was no wind. There are no insects, no grasses, nothing.

Silence. Utter silence.

The skeleton of a husky in the stable.
The skeleton of a husky in the stable. Photo credit: Newshub.

Walking into Scott's Hut was like you were walking into an absolute untouched time capsule. I had the feeling like we were the first ones there (although the visitors' book stated otherwise).

The smell hits you. It's not what you'd call a bad smell... it's kind of the smell of time stood still. You have seal blubber, dead emperor penguins, and the bones of a dead dog in the back. Old scientific instruments, preserves, and bedding. 

A place with so much history, literally frozen in time.

Grant Findlay is a camera operator for Newshub, who travelled to Antarctica earlier this month as part of Newshub On Ice.

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