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The long and winding road

Date posted: January 29th, 2015

So one of the reasons that I write these blogs so infrequently, is that I have a terrible short term memory. I mean, I’m not quite the dog from Up (Squirrel!), but if we just met and you told me your name, then I’ve very likely forgotten your name by the time we are done shaking hands. …Read more.

5 of us made it to Christchurch

Date posted: January 27th, 2015

Five of us — Christine, Vinciane, Shannon, Jim,and I — made it to Christchurch today.  Jim is heading home asap (tomorrow morning, 5am shuttle to the airport) to see his 9-month-old daughter.  The rest of us have one or more days for seeing Christchurch and/or other parts of the South Island, before our flights home. …Read more.

no go this morning to Chrischurch, but the cargo ship arrived this afternoon

Date posted: January 26th, 2015

Contrary to the last sentence of yesterday’s blog, we didn’t make it out this morning after all.  The original manifest of ~50 people had shrunk to 7 when we showed up at 6:15am for transport to the airfield, and those 7 did not include any of us.  …Read more.

update to the update, and impromptu air show!

Date posted: January 25th, 2015

Let me first update Ralph’s Jan 20 update – John and Brian made it back to McMurdo from CTAM.  They were there ~24 hours longer than planned, due to weather, but no doubt the gear that’s being left there until next season is now highly organized!  They even headed back out the next day to try to pick up some of that gear, but didn’t get to land due to weather.  They did get all the way back to Davis-Ward the following day to pick up the two skidoos we’d left there.  So now almost everything is at CTAM or McMurdo, although we did leave some fuel drums at Davis-Ward, for a likely return there in ~4 years. …Read more.


Date posted: January 20th, 2015

Heard from McMurdo that Jim, Ryan, Devon and Shannon made it to mcmurdo last night;  John and Brian are still out at CTAM trying to get the last few loads organized. …Read more.

Back to civilization!

Date posted: January 19th, 2015

Hello again the world!! Christine and I made it to McMurdo. It sounds like nothing, but it has been a real challenge. Just back a bit in time, the initial planning was to have 3 DC3-Bassler flights directly to McMurdo. …Read more.

our last blog from the field (hopefully!)

Date posted: January 19th, 2015

Yesterday went according to plan. . . for the most part.  The beautiful weather at 7am had degenerated by late morning, when the Twin Otter aircraft was due to arrive, to completely overcast conditions.  …Read more.

An Antarctic Juggling Act…..

Date posted: January 18th, 2015

I just got done communicating with the fixed wing coordinator in McMurdo.  The pull out from Davis-Ward is underway,  and it’s an amazing plan.  One Twin Otter today,  taking a load to CTAM and another load straight back to McMurdo.   …Read more.

our last search day!

Date posted: January 18th, 2015

We enjoyed our final day of field work yesterday.  We were actually surprised this was our last day as we had been expecting another day or two of work.  More on this later.  …Read more.

a camp — with a landing strip — ready to move out

Date posted: January 18th, 2015

We got the necessary camp duties accomplished yesterday — e.g., inventorying meteorites, organizing flags, inventorying dehydrated food — for the redeployment to CTAM.  With some more grooming , the landing strip also is now ready to receive aircraft, and we have great weather for it. …Read more.

A Short Treatise on our Epic Awesome Harcawesomeness!

Date posted: January 17th, 2015

I know yesterday I said I was going to write about why we collect meteorites today. I lied. Turns out I do that kind of a lot. To be fair, I do have a pretty good excuse (this time), namely that I’m tired and it is late. …Read more.

The wind, our best friend and worst enemy

Date posted: January 17th, 2015

Basically, when you want to find a right spot in Antarctica for finding meteorites, you need a place where the ice is vertical (because blocked by an obstacle, like a mountain), and is ablated by wind in order to free all meteorites kept within the ice. …Read more.

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