Tuesday, December 27, 2011
This is our Lady of the Snow
Sunday, December 25, 2011
Ran the Obhill Uphill
My bib for the Obhill Uphill
LDB balloon launch, its a go!
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
On the first day of Hanukkah...
Saturday, December 17, 2011
Friday, December 16, 2011
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Are there Kangaroos in NZ?
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Went Skate Skiing today
Friday, December 9, 2011
Like being on another world
Sunday, December 4, 2011
internet. On the map we are the left bottom star out of the four stars. We
are just about as far from McMurdo Station as the South Pole is. South
pole is about 4,000 feet higher in elevation though. The people here are
awesome, some of them have been here for up to three weeks with nothing
but iridium phones and a not quite setup HF radio. We came in to setup a
satellite data system for them and for moving travese, which is basically
a caravan on tractors heading to the three deep camps in the vicinity.
We're also setting up a proper HF setup, VHF and air to ground aerials.
This was a great job because at the end of the day everyone got their camp
email and instant message addresses and finally were able to contact
everyone they wanted. No more dropped iridium calls and waiting for the
handset to be passed around!
There are some sacrifices to camp life. We have no permanent building so
everything is in rac tents, which are actually pretty warm and cozy. Most
people live off to the side in tent city, which are rows of mountain
tents. Those tents are home to camp staff and grantees for up to two
months. No heating, so we got sub zero bags and mats. The food here is
pretty good, Rob and his two sous chefs, Betsy and Natalie are incredible
chefs. And nothing will work without Keith's hard work on the heavy
machines. Katja, the byrd in charge and Tony, keep everything in order. We
melt snow for water, but we have kuma stoves to keep the rac tents warm
and also some coleman heater/pumps for showers. You can take a pretty
satisfying shower with about 2.5 gallons. Everybody has to pitch in, when
we have downtime we help wash dishes and shovel a lot of snow. Yesterday I
probably moved about 20 gallons of water and 3 50 gallon trash cans of
The reason we're all here to is support or conduct science. The first
flight of grantees came in on our flight, they were Pole Net people who
have seismometers buried out in the snow. They came down here to check up
on their stations. In addition we also serve as a fuel stop for planes
going farther out. We also support a twin otter airplane that will be used
to do surveying out here.
LC-130 landing at Byrd Camp
Tight Squeeze in the C-130
C-17 rolling back to Christchurch
Saturday, December 3, 2011
This thing looks like its about to be launched into orbit
Going where few men have gone before. The riggers have achieved a
breakthrough in alternative energy here, exploring the beyond with the
power of JP-8, sunshine and farts.
Friday, December 2, 2011
Thursday, December 1, 2011
No Small feat
to a satellite in orbit, back down to a couple of station in hawaii and
denver then back the same way. So after about 20,000 overland miles and a
couple hundred miles of elevation, the message bridge the 8 inch gap to
the orange box.
One of the Pig Traverse Sleds
at now, and head to PIG camp. 4 tractors, 7 people, 7 days. It took 6 Herc
flights to get this stuff here but thats as far as the Hercs will go in
Western Antarctica, so the rest is going to reach the camp by glacial
The riggers setting up the HF antenna
Our Washing Machine
Here's where we shower at Byrd Camp
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Greeting From Byrd Camp
Monday, November 28, 2011
Three Little Dots
The Shuttle of Eden
On a night hike with the shuttles night crew. We're looking at the edge of the sea ice and blue water. First time I've seen open ocean since leaving Christchurch.
Started eating before I remembered to take a picture. This is the first Thanksgiving where each member of my family spent it away from every other member. But as usual, no turkey.
It's all about the free shirts
Shirt for participating in the Turkey Trot 5k. I took pictures this time. Guess I better run the 10K. Free shirt at stake.