Monthly Archives: October 2014
After 5 days of storms the sun has returned. We have yet to complete a full day of outdoor work due to weather. Hopefully tomorrow we can get outside all day.
The Beverly Hilldrillers
We have had unseasonably poor weather, even for Antarctica this year. Since the 18th we haven’t had good enough weather to do much more than shovel out all of our drifted equipment. Above is a picture in town in Condition 1 weather.
Drifts covering our drill sled.
Part of coming to Antarctica every season is taking safety and training classes…lots of them. The Cold Weather survival course is taught by some pretty experienced mountaineers. Many of them guide on Denali in the off season.
Snowmobile training class
These used to be seals
Today we had the real deal Antarctica. We started off the day working on the drill. It was a bit cloudy and cold but didn’t seem to be all that worrisome.
Within a matter of minutes we had 30-40 mph winds and white out conditions. We were forced to pack up camp and trundle on back inside for a safety stand down. Station declared condition 1 weather which is not safe to be out working in.