Dando in the woods 1968

Dando Shaft-Cold Wind

From The Dando Shaft Anthology

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“The six-man Ice Team for The Coldest Journey will be confronting amongst the most inhospitable conditions on the planet, operating in near permanent darkness and enduring temperatures as low as -90°C. Below is an overview of the conditions and terrain they can expect to experience during the six-month traverse according to the different stages of the expedition.


Climatically the environment is relatively warm with an average temperature of -11.74°C, and windy due to its coastal location with the average wind speed for this time of year being 16.66ms-1. It is also fairly flat. At Novo, weather during February and March is characterized by decreasing air temperature and humidity and increasing cloudiness. Winds become stronger and precipitation amounts are small. The atmospheric pressure decreases slightly, but remains high.


The Ice Team will travel across the relatively flat polar plateau, which averages 2,160m in thickness. The climate is extremely cold with average temperature at around -48°C for this time of year, with minimum temperatures dropping around -90°C. It is also arid, but average wind speed is quite calm (9.99 ms-1) in comparison with coastal environments.

The high elevation and gradual slope of this environment and characteristic anti-cyclonic conditions give rise to persistent and predictable wind. The average wind speed at the South Pole is typically less than 6ms-1, with peak winds rarely over 10ms-1, and a predominant wind direction of approximately 40°E longitude. Winds that flow down the surface of the ice sheet toward the coast (katabatic winds) commonly reach speeds of 35ms-1, and maximum measured wind speeds have exceeded 80ms-1.

On the polar plateau, temperature is controlled by solar input, latitude and altitude. For most of the winter there is no sunlight at all. The high altitude and remoteness from the warming effects of the ocean also make temperatures colder. Snowfall is light due to the distance from the ocean.

This environment includes the Geographic South Pole. Further temperature information for the South Pole is given below.”


Figure 1. Data for South Pole Station (from www.weatherbase.com)

Based on a 32 year data series. The mean annual temperature at the South Pole is -49.3°C, and ranges from a minimum of -80.6°C to a maximum of -13.6°C. Winter temperatures drop quickly and then level out.


The Transantarctic Mountains are approximately 3,000 km long, dividing West Antarctica and East Antarctica. The glacier-covered peaks ascend above the western shore of McMurdo Sound and the Ross Sea. Several large valley glaciers flow from the Polar Plateau through gaps in the range, into Ross Ice Shelf or McMurdo Sound.

At the boundary of the Ross Ice Shelf and the Leverett Glacier (85.63°S; 147.58°E), there is a shear zone. The route follows the glacier up onto the Antarctic Plateau climbing at a rate of around 10% over the 80km glacier.
The prevailing wind is downslope katabatic (gravity driven) following the glacier in a north-westerly direction.


The conditions for the Antarctic ice shelf environment will come as a relief for the expedition team as they approach the end of their traverse, with a slope that is the flattest on the Antarctic continent and temperatures and wind speeds are moderate compared to other parts of the continent (average -22°C and 11.7 ms-1 respectively).




Figure 2 shows a summary of the average temperature in Antarctica with coldest temperatures in the high interior and warmer temperatures in coastal areas.


Figure 2. Mean annual air temperature (Morgan et al., 2007)


The map below shows average monthly wind speeds in Antarctica, where coastal areas experience the strongest winds.

Figure 3. Average monthly wind speeds in Antarctica (ms-1) Morgan et al., 2007)



Figure 4 shows the amount of isolation (Wm-2) during the period of the expedition – there will only be a small amount of light during the first and final months of the traverse. The rest will be in complete darkness.


Figure 4. Day length as a function of latitude and the day of the year (from www.climate.be)



18 responses to “Dando Shaft-Cold Wind”

  1. jpsecca Avatar

    excellent music ! heard it a lot in my early teens (around 72 – 73)

  2. Eduardo DeMatos Avatar

    This is the really folk from 70's. Love it, excellent band.

  3. ken orama Avatar

    I was very happy to find several people uploading Dando Shaft. I lost this album in the 70's and was looking for it for years. I gave up about a year ago; but tonight I said, "What the hell, let's give it another shot". Boy, am I glad I did. Thank you and the others who have recently made it available again.

  4. dandospace Avatar

    Official Dandoshaft downloads: raremusez.co.uk

  5. backbeatish Avatar

    Two albums with Dando Shaft is released on CD a couple of years ago

  6. binarykult Avatar

    give me chills every single time i heard this song … amazing voice, amazing guitar, brings back so many memories out of this song … looks like nothing like this still exists anymore… this song make me want to take hands, gather and dance

  7. Sam M. Avatar

    Amazing song! Love this wonderful track <3

  8. Batty Kellen Avatar

    I would love to play these on mandolin, but I can't find any sheet music. The mandolin is magnificent.

  9. Michael Wynne Avatar

    The very best – followed them around the Northern folk clubs – once saw them on five consecutive nights – couldn't believe how good they were. Wonderful memories. Mike.

  10. anthony sewell Avatar

    Thanks bud – this one would make a cat smile

  11. Stephen Donoho Avatar

    DAMN ! GUESS I must have gone to bed early before 3 AM BACK IN LA in 1968 [ Bird Feather] KPPC IN PASADENA. I wonder what ever happened to her the 12 midnight DG GOD-EST !! I't was so much fun back there time time then smocking weed for the first time. Then at 12 midnight she would slide in a softly in first that gravely voice –Hi this is Bird feather for you, and this a band that came up out of TX.called Dando shaft

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  13. Stephen Donoho Avatar

    6 years ago
    Hola folks,
    Thanks for the groovy comments:•) I wrote this song. Dont download any of my songs from itunes and the other rich copyright thieves.
    Go to the official Dandoshaft homepage and on to Raremusez free MP3's and album downloads.

  14. Stephen Donoho Avatar

    we do not download but we find who we once were when D-S was ringingthru the weee hours of the night in — L-A AFTER MIDNIGHT WITH THE DISJOCKY –BIRD FEATRHER

  15. Hans-Jørgen Kristiansen Avatar

    Been listening to folk on and off for years now, but how can I have missed Dando Shaft? Still surprises me how often I still find new masterpieces out there even when I feel like I've already discovered most of the great bands out there.

  16. coopz Avatar

    Lots of fine comments here. See the new site. http://www.dandoshaft.com

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