Rover Start Up – by Richmond Dykes
Well, its time has come. After 100 or so days of being parked up and not turning a cog at -55C and with winds gusting around it to chill it to the bone, Rover’s dig out time has come round. We all got stuck into clearing away the snow with shovels, ice axes, pry bars, welding rods and brushes. Most of the morning (Monday) was consumed with removing the surrounding mounds of drift snow that…
After a day of dozing snow away from the cabooses and hand-digging snow from under the Science Caboose, both cabooses are now almost ready to move. At long, long last and all being well with the weather, the Ice Team will be ready to starting moving the fuel scoots north tomorrow!
Fact of the Day:
The Belgian Antarctic Expedition of 1897 to 1899 was the first expedition to winter in the Antarctic region. It was also the first scientific expedition to the continent itself. At the age of 25 Roald Amundsen was first mate on the expedition aboard the Norwegian-built whaling ship the Belgica. Unfortunately the vessel became locked in the Antarctic pack ice at 70°30′S off Alexander Island,…
Making Tea in Antarctica
If you ever wanted to know how the Ice Team gets their drinking water, watch this video in which team leader Brian Newham runs us through the process.