Getting to the Bottom of It All
Any kind of underwater diving involves process for that very reason. Thereâ€™s the early-morning wake-up, the weather check, the gear check (masks, fins, regulators â€¦ check). And then thereâ€™s the dive site approach â€“ whether youâ€™re walking in from the shore or taking a boat to some far forgotten reef.
Diving Lake Untersee is just like that â€“ except in Antarctica we get to our dive site by snowmobile. And Untersee ratchets up the workload because itâ€™s remote, technical and cold.
To even get into the lake is a feat of accomplishment and a trick of clever engineering. Just the thought of trying to chip a dive hole through 10-foot thick lake ice could give you tendinitis long before you get your feet wet.