The World's Laziest Photographer? Or a brilliant new Hiking Protocol? Or Both?
Antarctica requires a lot of clothing, as the climate can be quite variable (cooked in our gear some days when it was sunny, very chilly and windy other days). A lot of landings are in big surf via zodiac, and a lot of the ground is either muddy, or stone beaches with Penguin Poop and Seal Shite everywhere.
On a few of the excursions I started carrying a portable chair with me!
It allowed me to sit and shoot more comfortably and watch the action unfold in front of my eyes, as often right on the beach where we landed gave the best views. Plus it gave me someplace to hang my drybag that held my camera gear cases so it wouldnt pick up any aromatic substances.
I ALSO used it to play "Sea Lion Tamer".. when a female Fur Seal repeatedly charged two of us with the serious intention to bite.. no whip to crack, just a ski pole to bang on the ground to make noise and I put the folded chair out between us and the Fur Seal, but it worked well enough.
Over 17 days with 80 passengers & 20 staff , 1 fur seal bite (taken by a guide), 1 broken arm, one splinted finger, lots of sea sickness, and an elephant seal decided to belly flop onto our gear sitting on the beach, but no one was crushed in that one.