Monthly Archives: January 2014

Transantarctics (credit Chad Carpenter)

Transantarctics (credit Chad Carpenter)

Sundog (Credit Chad Carpenter)

Sundog (Credit Chad Carpenter)

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Credit Chad Carpenter

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Dennis at the melt tank awaiting a fresh push of snow

Dennis at the melt tank awaiting a fresh push of snow

Panoraminc view of camp (credit Chad Carpenter)

Panoraminc view of camp (credit Chad Carpenter)

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Drill head

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Thumbs down

Melt tank over looking tent city

Melt tank over looking tent city

Main hose reel and control building

Main hose reel and control building

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Melting a hole for the outhouse

Melting a hole for the outhouse

Pump Sleds and heaters

Pump Sleds and heaters

Daren and Graham digging

Daren and Graham digging

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Science Tent City

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The Shigloo

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Birdman One and Birdman Two

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Oil Fired Burners

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Borehole Instrumentation Deployment

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2014 sites

 

Heres a quick summary of what our field season looked like:

1/13/14

Flew from McMurdo to Cresis camp on a Herc.  Camped one night at Cresis in an Arctic Oven.

1/14/14

Traversed from Cresis to site 1A (about 18 miles) and setup camp

1/15-17

Drill setup, drilled hole 1A to 680 meters, packed drill to move to site 2

1/18-19

Moved to site 1B.  I had worked the night shift and went to bed sometime in the early morning hours.  When I woke up I was the only person left at camp so I packed my tent and hitched a ride on a snow mobile to the new site 1 km away.  We then drilled the second hole to 680 M.

1/20-21

Took a shower outside and we packed camp and the drill for the 12 hour traverse to site 2A (the third borehole)

1/22-23

Setup camp and drill, drilled third hole

1/24-26

Packed camp and drill and traversed to the fourth and final hole. Completed 4th hole.

1/27-28

Winterize drill

1/29

Basler flight back to McMurdo

 

Now Ill post some fun pictures because looking at pictures is way more fun  than reading.

 

 

 

 

 


What Just Happened?

Lets rewind back to January 13th where we last left off.  Over the next few  days while waiting for my northbound flight to New Zealand Ill try to piece together each part of the field season.  Since we work long, irregular hours its easy to forget what day it is and even what you did the previous day.  This season I tried to keep track of when I went to sleep each day and what hours I worked.  The only other activity other than sleeping and working in the field is eating, which accounts for any other time not logged in my timekeeping efforts.

January 13th we left McMurdo for our Herc flight to Cresis.

Delta Transport to airfield

Delta Transport to airfield from McMurdo

Slept in the Pax terminal

Slept in the Pax terminal

Always either sleeping, eating or working.  Here, I’m sleeping.

Landed at Cresis field camp

Landed at Cresis field camp

We spent one night at the Cresis field camp before traversing to our first borehole location.  Heres some info on the Cresis science:

https://www.cresis.ku.edu/

Hauling cargo at Cresis

Hauling cargo at Cresis

After we got to Cresis we helped our camp staff organize and pack food for the next couple weeks of drilling.  Graham and I offered to help secure this cargo being dragged around camp behind a snow machine.

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An interesting fact about the Cresis camp

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Walking to Cresis camp

Traverse staged for departure

Traverse staged for departure

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Tuckers are made in Oregon

Tuckers are made in Oregon

We camped one night at Cresis and started the short traverse to the first borehole.  We rode inside one of the buildings called a rac tent.

Rac Tent

Rac Tent

Inside the Rac tent

Inside the Rac tent

Cat Challenger

Cat Challenger

Drill Sled

Drill Sled

More to come.  This afternoon’s entertainment….Ice Breaker Tour.


To the Field

2014 sites

The goal for this years field season is to deploy geophysics instrumentation at 4 locations in the Whillans Ice Stream.  The drill team will be melting holes at locations 1A, 1B, 2A, and 2B.  The drill crew and scientists are scheduled to fly into Cresis camp (located next to the Wissard ski runway) by Herc (LC-130) tomorrow morning.  The Cresis camp is located next to the skiway and we will be camping there for 1-2 nights.  During that time we’ll have a chance to access the WISSARD drill camp this is about 7 miles away for a last minute tool and equipment run by snowmobile.  The following day we will ride with the traverse (kind of like a polar convoy) to the first drilling site (1A).  Once the 800 meter holes at site 1 have been finished we will traverse over to site 2 and melt two holes there.

We will be camping in un-insulated mountain tents this year so hopefully the weather is nice to us.

If everything goes according to plan, we will be pulled out by a single Basler flight on 1/30 and return to McMurdo.  I should have some great pictures to post when we return.  Until then, I won’t have any access to internet so I won’t be posting anything until then.   See you in February…..as long as our flight gets out tomorrow!

The Wissard Facebook page and Wissard.org should have some field updates and possibly some pics while we are in the field.

Mt Discovery from Hut Point

Mt Discovery from Hut Point

 

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Jam Session at the Coffee House

Jam Session at the Coffee House

 

 

 


Castle Rock 2014

Heavy Fog on the flagged route

Heavy Fog on the flagged route

We took a hike out to Castle Rock this afternoon which is part of McMurdo’s trail system.  Its about an 8 mile round trip walk and a darn good time.  We walked in under heavy fog but were able to climb above it once on the rock which is about 200 feet tall.  The views from the top show the top of the fog layer we hiked in on the way out.

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Mr. Daren Blythe

Mr. Daren Blythe

Castle Rock nestled into the fog

Castle Rock nestled into the fog

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Up above the fog

Up above the fog

 

Atop the rock.  Mt Erebus in the background

Atop the rock. Mt Erebus in the background

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Looking down on the fog

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Panoramic View From Castle Rock

Panoramic View From Castle Rock

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Wings in Various Places Around the World

Wings over Boston

Wings over Boston

 

Somewhere in the US

Somewhere in the US

Wings Over the Pacific

Wings Over the Pacific

Wings over Australia

Wings over Australia

Kiwi-Land

Kiwi-Land

 

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ECW at the CDC (Extreme Cold Weather gear at the Clothing Distribution Center in Christchurch

ECW at the CDC (Extreme Cold Weather gear at the Clothing Distribution Center in Christchurch

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Herc Assemblies

Herc Assemblies

 

 

Mega Mountains

Mega Mountains

 

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On Ice.....

On Ice…..

 

Mega Bus to Mactown

Mega Bus to Mactown

 


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