Dispatches from the Field

[A slightly delayed update due to some missing satellite phone – modem pieces. Seem to be all sorted now…except for the tiny images, I’ll see if I can get them to resend them slightly bigger!]

This time last week, we and all 4000lbs of our camping equipment were loaded into a DC-3 Basler and flown 2.5 hours, or about 650km, south from McMurdo Station to the Miller Range. After quickly unloading all of our gear, the plane departed leaving the three of us to set up our home for the next three weeks.

Since arriving, we’ve had near-constant winds of 20 – 30 knots which makes doing fieldwork challenging, but the daily skidoo commutes and the stunning scenery more than make up for frozen hands and faces.
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We’ve been hard at work each day collecting lots of samples, and finding lots of interesting rocks to look at. I’m sure by the end of the field season we’ll have more than enough to work on for the next year!

Five Fun facts from the field:
Strongest wind gust: 50 knots
Coldest temperature: -35C + windchill = -50C
Number of chocolate bars in camp: 177
Farthest skidoo journey: 50km round trip
Best meal so far: spaghetti meatballs (Demian), pad Thai (Elizabeth), satay (John)image2-2

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