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Well, TrekEarth has been going now for a whole ten years and Adam is to be congratulated for introducing a wonderful website where so many of us can not only share our photographs and experiences and learn from others but, most of all, make new friends who share a common interest. Long may TE continue!

Ten years is quite a long time but, oh, how times change during our own short lifetimes!

I thought I would have a look through some of my old colour slides this morning and I came up with this one which certainly shows how times have changed since I took it forty-two years ago in 1970. I must apologise for its rather poor quality as it's been sitting in my loft for a long time: it was taken on Agfa CT 18 colour slide film with my old Edixa Prismat, a totally manual SLR built like a brick, which I still have (and which still works).

Some of you may have seen some of my East Greenland photographs from the summer of 1970. Well, unfortunately, due to bad weather over Greenland, our little university expedition group was delayed in Iceland on our way there for three days and had to find somewhere to stay. We did, of course, have all our camping equipment with us but had nowhere to camp.

Now, can you imagine what happened next? Unbelievable nowadays. The airport authorities happily allowed us to camp under cover at the airport in an aeroplane hangar! So there, surrounded by small 'planes, barrels of oil and fuel, we happily spent the next three nights in our sleeping bags and merrily cooked our rations on our little paraffin Primus stoves. And in the daytime we simply wandered in and out of the airport, toured the local area and spent the evenings in the local bars. Can you possibly imagine that sort of thing being allowed in an international airport nowadays? I don't actually think we knew then what terrorists were.

The picture shows some of our little group of fourteen in the hangar beside a couple of small 'planes, no doubt getting ready to have something to eat.

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