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.
Even more drifts to shovel
More drifts to shovel
Inside the Arctic Oven
Towing our truck back to town.
Looking into the engine of the C-17 in New Zealand.
This is surely the most critical piece of cargo on the flight. Its a pallet full of Juicy Juice. Thats right. Juice boxes. Apparently this is going out to the WISSARD camp later in the season. Juice boxes are real popular on the Ice for some reason.
C-17 from McChord AFB out of Fort Lewis, WA. I think I actually saw this plane at the Portland Airport at the beginning of my trip South.
The cavernous interior of the C-17.
Observation Hill. There is a webcam at the top that updates every few seconds here:
This is pretty neat!
Nice to see some motorcycles on station.
Somebody brought down their Pugsley. That’s really neat.
The “Gerbil Gym”. I’ve been running in here since the roads are pretty sketchy with Ice these days. The strange (but awesome) entrance to the gym is shown below. What a time to be alive!
This is what an Antarctic Winter will do to equipment left outside. These are our high pressure pump sleds that were covered with tarps. Snow finds its way through regardless of the tiniest of holes.
We have just begun to get our equipment set up out on the sea ice. In the upcoming days we will be digging out everything, setting up a shelter to work out of and preparing the drill for the SIMPLE project (more on that later).