Tag Archives: Antarctica

Training and preparation for Antarctic field work

Soon after arriving at Scott Base, we had dinner and were briefed about the base. The next few days involved long (12-14 hour) days of Antarctic Field Training (AFT), as well as science and camp preparation. This started with an … Continue reading

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Boomerang’d

Two days later and I’m back in the hotel in Christchurch. On day 1 we were scheduled to leave on the 4th flight of the day, but our departure got delayed several times until it was postponed to the following … Continue reading

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Camp gossip

Having recently returned from the field, I thought I’d share some goings on from camping in Antarctica. Each of our camps were set-up the same. We had our main Polar Pyramid tent (for communal morning and evening cooking and warmth), … Continue reading

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“There are no foreign lands. It is the traveller only who is foreign.”

I’ve landed in Antarctica, albeit 2 days late, and it’s a very pleasant -3 degrees C (with wind chill)! It might be Summer but this is warm. The sea ice runway which I landed on last year in the C17 is … Continue reading

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I be clothed.

Stage 1: Christchurch, the portal to Antarctica for the New Zealanders, Americans and Italians. Our team is reunited and we’ve picked up our Antarctica clothing! However, just as our excitement was bubbling up inside we got news that weather conditions … Continue reading

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Field season 2012/13: Mackay Glacier, Antarctica.

I’d just like to start with some words of Captain Robert Falcon Scott, recovered from his body 100 years ago. These final words are interesting and sobering reading. Yes, Antarctica is a place that can cause pain and push the … Continue reading

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Recognising Antarctic adventurers and scientists

Antarctica, a distant continent of extreme cold and ice, presents challenges to man’s ability to survive and scientific understanding. Recent noteworthy achievements and some holiday background reading have provoked me to share news of these feats. Towards the end of … Continue reading

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