This season I was lucky enough to have a several week gap in between our two projects and was able to spend some time in New Zealand with Becky on the North Island in between my two contracts. The first project was called SIMPLE (see the following link for information on the project)
I am currently in Christchurch, New Zealand waiting to fly south for part two of the 2014-2015 season and the conclusion of the WISSARD hot water drilling (see http://www.wissard.org for updates on this season’s work).
South African Air L-100
Glow Worm Caves
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
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.