Daily Archives: October 22, 2014

The Return of the Sun

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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.

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The Beverly Hilldrillers

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Fighting the Weather

 

 

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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.

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Drifts covering our drill sled.

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Even more drifts to shovel

Even more drifts to shovel

More drifts to shovel

More drifts to shovel

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Inside the Arctic Oven

Inside the Arctic Oven

Towing our truck back to town.

Towing our truck back to town.

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Out the Window

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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.

 

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Snowmobile training class

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These used to be seals

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Antarctic Dinosaurs

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Our temporary drill camp staged until we finish repairs and testing.

Our temporary drill camp staged until we finish repairs and testing.

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A look into our generator

A look into our generator

McMurdo's Fueling Station

McMurdo’s Fueling Station

Our 50 KW generator that powers the drill camp didn't fair so well over the winter.  Its is entirely filled with densely packed snow.  Today, we had it picked off the traversable sled and moved up into a warm building to melt.

Our 50 KW generator that powers the drill camp didn’t fair so well over the winter. Its is entirely filled with densely packed snow. Today, we had it picked off the traversable sled and moved up into a warm building to melt.


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