By David Mercy
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The backpackers shrugged and headed back to town to spend a couple of hours at a bar while we got our act together. I told Jarle that I needed to go back to the campground to get my things, and then needed to make a quick phone call. He and Manuel were going to try to find an open store – it was New Year’s Day, after all, and choices were limited – and buy whatever extra staples and dry goods they could find. Whatever they couldn’t get, we could still potentially get at the small grocery store in Puerto Williams.
A video would indeed chronicle his journey, not only from Norway to Antarctica but also from boy to man. It would be something he could show his family and friends. But I had personally sworn off filming for the trip. In all of my voyages to the other six continents I had never once brought with me a camera. ’ Having a camera is intrusive and gets in the way of interacting with people, who view the cameraman with suspicion. That’s the last thing I wanted. In the early 1990s I had spent 13 months in Philadelphia shooting a low-budget independent film; it took me another year to edit.
He shrieks. ’ ‘If we had such a radio we would be more likely to use it,’ he explained. ‘And if they sent out rescue ships, they would send us the bill to charge us. ’ Manuel and I were repairing sails on the dock one day when an elderly Chilean tourist in a baseball cap wandered down to join us. When we tell him where we are going, he raises his outstretched arms and offers up a benediction for us in Spanish. ’ He kindly tells us he will pray for us, and he leaves. Manuel looks over at me. ’ There is a moment of deafening silence.
Berserk in the Antarctic by David Mercy