Andrew Peacock, I/O Crew member and favourite photographer, is one of 74 people aboard the M.V. Akademik Shokalskiy which is trapped in ice off East Antarctica.

As part of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, Andrew embarked from New Zealand with his camera and his I/O Merino to recreate a 100-year-old Australasia expedition first sailed by Sir Douglas Mawson to see how the journey changes using new technology and equipment.

Whilst icebreakers have been sent to free the ship, these efforts have been to no avail, with the ship still marooned 1,500 nautical miles south of Hobart.

When commenting to National Geographic, Andrew stated “There are so many variables—every briefing is different—and people are getting a little worried now while the weather stays poor. Lack of control and missing loved ones are starting to put some emotion into our conversations!”

Andrew is thankfully remaining upbeat and sane by capturing some of the exquisite sights of the crew and scenery.

You may even recognise some I/O Merino pieces in the images, noticeably the Park City Vest and Altitude Lightweight Longsleeve Zip which Andrew has credited to keeping him warm with included flexibility and comfort.

“Thanks for the base layer I/O Merino, a superb product and I wore it all the time on my recent trip working on the Antarctic Peninsula. A zip is a super useful feature on a long sleeve top for regulating heat loss while being active in cold environments and one that I always look for when buying”, says Andrew.

We hope the next time we speak to Andrew he is back on dry land!

See the rest of Andrew’s images on his website www.footloosefotography.com

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