For ABC journalist Karen Barlow, the adventure, ice, climate research and penguins made the continent the perfect assignment. So much so that she twice hitched a ride on an Australian icebreaker.
ABC journalist Karen Barlow recounts her amazing adventures over two Summers as she traveled as a working journalist to the driest, most remote place on Earth: the Antarctic. Both an amazing travelogue and personal recollection of intense personal experiences, Karen’s story gives us an intimate insight into the life of a working journalist as well as incredible imagery of one of the remotest, yet increasingly human-affected, places on earth.
Antarctica is a place where few people dare dream to tread.
Karen Barlow’s two voyages down south were no luxury cruises. Neither were they floating hardships. The time spent manning a very temporary ABC Antarctic bureau was fun, frustrating and fascinating.
Zipped up in special astronaut-like survival gear, climate research was witnessed at its most primal: collecting temperatures. Karen also found the time to lose a cameraman for two days and be attacked by a not-so-friendly parade of penguins.
Karen Barlow is an award-winning broadcast journalist who has covered politics and two Olympics.