sunny falklands

#1
guys and girls

got a nice 19hr flight doon sarf in october

any suggestions on what to take and whats it like?

and yes...im aware i may need prawn!

cheers
 
#4
Warm kit, remember their sesons are arrse around t*t to the Uk's. Having said that, you'll get all weather types no matter when you go!
 
#5
Mine tape ... oh, sorry, the Glenfiddich's making me cranky ...

... seriously, what he said, it can be cold and it never seems to stop blowing, sometimes it'll cut through you like a knife if you're not properly layered.
 
#7
The ability to write inane piontless blueies/letters to loved one's just so they can be assured you're not dead from alcohol abuse.

Do all the battlefield tours (If they're still going?), get to Stanley, get out to the Bennies (Locals) for R'n'R (if you're there that long) as it's a real taste of Falkland life.

Take extra PT kit as you'll mostly (and event the fatties would agree) spend most of your spare time on the lash or in the gym etc.

Several extra memory cards for the camera so you can send them back to the loved one's in the post rather than email etc.
 
#8
Go there with the attitude to enjoy the experience and you will have a great tour. You have a summer tour although the summer is short lived down south, best months being December and January. That's not to say that you won't get some miserable weather ... you can still end up with four seasons in a day even when it starts with brilliant sunshine. No matter what the weather the summer is the best opportunity to see wildlife including five types of penguin, elephant seals, fur seals, sealions, dolphin, porpoise and countless types of birds, some of them extremely rare. Whale sightings are frequent. As said, the weather can be extremely changeable and the terrain can be bleak but go there to enjoy it.

Sign up for any trip you can get on when you have days off. Visit Goose Green and Darwin, try to get to Volunteer point and see the King penguins. Get yourself on a day trip to Sealion Island and if you qualify for R&R I recommend either Pebble, Saunders or Carcass Islands ... if you go to Saunders then spend a night at the cabin on the Neck. Try and get to the West and visit Fox Bay or Port Howard. Visit Stanley and make sure you go to the museum before going on the lash. If your on a short tour then make sure you start booking trips early or before you know it you will just be on the plane home in a drunken stupour!

Take good windproof/waterproof clothing, boots and a selection of warm gear. make sure you have good quality sun screen ... on a good day the sun can be fierce and cause you serious problems in 20 minutes. Take a good camera with a big memory card.

Stay out of my fcuking minefields ... a photo isn't worth a £1000 fine and/or 12 months in nick ... or a missing limb!

Edited to add: Do you dive???
 
#9
Learn the lingo and ffs take a wankin mit - it gets cold down there !
Learn recipe for Penguin Pie.
Take condoms - Penguins are dirty...

:x
 
#11
msr said:
k13eod said:
Go there with the attitude to enjoy the experience and you will have a great tour.
In the TA forum?

I thought he was going for annual camp...
Thought he might be going on a tour on a short term engagement ... my apologies if it's only for a TA camp ... I have obvioulsy listed the impossible wish list :oops:
 

copepod

Old-Salt
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#13
Four types of penguins at Volunteer Point. Humans aren't supposed to get too close to the penguins - but the penguins don't understand the rules, and I saw one King penguin chick (about 18 inches tall, brown fluffy thing) jump onto the back of a tourist who was lying down to take a photo - eventually, the human had to roll over to persuade the chick to hop off! Magellenic penguins down burrows (we prodded every single one to discover numbers of occupied burrows and how many had eggs or chicks).
Commerson's Dolphins at Bertha's Beach, east of the naval base south of MPA.
Gypsy Cove, a half day walk round trip from Stanley has many beached ships, a WW2 gun, penguin-frequented beaches - penguins too light to set off mines.
Falklands Conservation http://www.falklandsconservation.com/ is a good source of advice for visitors - and in 2003 they were taking volunteers from MPA to help with conservation tasks eg planting tussock grass.
Families and friends love penguin, seal and cetacean photos - but it is possible to overdose them!
Also, good opportunities for river fishing for introduced trout.
 
#16
Also unless you're Inf or an Engineer. Stay away for the bad lands down at 38 facility.

Trawl all the unit bars to find the best totty. In the units bars avoid anything that looks like:
a. Dodgy intiation ceremonies to join
b. Strange bells, cords, propellors, ornaments, etc. as inevitably you'll touch them and they'll be wired up and it'll cost you a round.
c. Strange wimmin. They're WREN's. Urrg! I still have nightmares.
d. Don't read Rule boards, chances are the last rule will be 'You are not allowed to read the rule board', it'll cost you a round.
e. Be suspcious of everything. It may cost you a round.

Also take plenty of toileteries as they're expensive to buy down there. I agree on the sun-screen bit too. I did the Tumbledown tour and went back to MPA that night with a suntan on the left side of my face only.

Apologies if the above isn't current, it's been a few years since I flew down their. In fact then, the RAF still had F4's and we flew by Britannia airlines and we all got p1ssed on the way down. Got Bennied thoough and did over 5 months with no proper R'n'R.

Mostly enjoy. It's a million miles from anywhere but arguably the best laugh you'll get in any theartre.
 
#17
Spent two excellent weekends camping at Volunteer Point and agree with the comment about the pingus not knowing the rules ... it was a bugger to keep them out the tent and away from the barbie!

I got bennied too ... Aug 96 to Aug 97 followed by May 98 to Aug 99 :D

I think that Gypsy Cove is now fenced off as a 'Dangerous Area' ... real shame as it is a lovely site and the only thing dangerous there was when we watched a rampaging bull sealion feasting on the magallenics!

If you dive then do so in the Falklands ... I did over 50 dives there. Gin clear waters, giant kelp, playful sealions, dolphins, wrecks ... but fooking cold. MPA used to have a very active sub aqua club that used to run courses.

My favourite King pingu pic ... rare to see them near Stanley!



If your drinking in the Vic mention my name ... you might get a free pint ... or filled in :D
 
#18
It must have been January 85 and on a rare day off, we grabbed the rover, a case of Carlsberg and headed for Gypsy Cove. IIRC it had only just been declared safe that week. So we sat on the beach and one of us went for a swim which frightened the penguins and they dived into the water as well. It was peaceful and quiet and we didn’t bug the penguins as they left our Carlsberg well alone.

But then the peace was shattered as the sound of authoritative tones drifted through the tussock grass and there was the crab hierarchy from Stanley out for a jolly. Seeing us, they asked what we were doing and with a half empty case of Carlsberg on the sand between us, it was a pretty stupid question. They then proceeded to tell us what not to do, like bug the penguins or run naked through the neighbouring minefield and as they told us what not to do, we all collectively thought what they should do. They did eventually and we got back to the matter in hand, which was finishing off the Carlsberg.

Shortly after that (within a week), Gypsy Cove was put out of bounds and the story that an EOD guy had been injured in an accident at Gypsy Cove was something we were never able to confirm. So if anybody was prevented from visiting the cove around that time then please don’t blame us as I bet it was the crabs.

Gypsy Cove seems to be back on the menu again but with a warden and roped off areas, I doubt if people get the freedom to explore we were (albeit briefly) allowed. And as the crabs probably thought when they saw us, one wouldn’t want riff raff mixing with the penguins would one?
 
#19
If i remember the offduty shift of raf firemen got dropped off by RE boat about that time and some how ( by the power of air farce map reading)came to a barbed wire fence with shiney triangles facing them,(yep thats right the other side was red) if my dim memory is right it was about dec84/jan85 and somewhere around that area,maybe that was why.
 
#20
The first time I went down it took over 2 weeks, a flight to Cape Town, then the MV England to East Cove then we had to build the road up to March Ridge, Spent nearly three, years building the Airport and loved every minute, was there when the first turf was cut untill the runway was fully op.
 

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