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Post-season adventures

Date posted: February 6th, 2014

-RPH here.   I got this email from Jani a few days ago,  and thought I’d post it.  It shows the deep bond these folks developed this season; sometimes a little bit of adversity really does brings out the best in us…. …Read more.

Another quick update- the last few days in McMurdo

Date posted: January 28th, 2014

I had the chance to talk to the remaining ANSMET folks in McMurdo last night.  Everyone is well,  and as clean and shiny as can be expected. They are taking care of typical end-of-season chores for a few days;  things like packing and shipping the cargo that must go north,  carefully storing the gear that stays in mcmurdo, and inventorying everything that we might wonder about as we prepare for next season (e.g.,  where IS the data cord for that camera?).     …Read more.

short update….Back from Miller Range

Date posted: January 27th, 2014

HI all,   A few minutes ago I heard from the operations office in McMurdo that our remaining four field party members (Jim, John, Alex and Steve) made it back to McMurdo late last night.   …Read more.

McMurdo roundup – Part 1

Date posted: January 26th, 2014

Barb (right) and Jani (left) on Hut Point with the direction home (north) over their shoulders
Manavi, Morgan, Jani and I have just finished dragging our bags up to the Movement Control Center and are all checked in for a flight north tomorrow. …Read more.

The breakdown

Date posted: January 24th, 2014

The women of ANSMET arrived in Mactown in the late afternoon yesterday, and we and our precious cargo made the long journey across the ice sheet and past the Kiwi Scott Base into town. …Read more.

Winging it

Date posted: January 23rd, 2014

Just a quick note from the field – the Basler is on its way from McMurdo and should be here in the next hour or so. We’ll load up all the gear for Barb, Morgan, Manavi and Jani and ourskidoos, and we’ll form the first party home to McMurdo. …Read more.

Dunes and Sastrugi

Date posted: January 22nd, 2014

This part of the Antarctic plateau is famous for crazy weather. While the typical katabatic (cold, dense) winds from the south blow here frequently, there are also many warm, calm days as well as clouds and sometimes snow. …Read more.

Stardust from meteorites

Date posted: January 21st, 2014

A big hello from 83 deg S 157 deg E a.k.a our beloved Miller Range Camp!
Remember the Crosby, Stills and Nash song… “We are stardust, we are golden, we are billion year carbon….”? …Read more.

A wind-driven day

Date posted: January 20th, 2014

Greetings All,
We celebrated New Years (not that we saw midnight) last evening with a pizza party! Yes, the talented few of us (not me) created some fabulous pizzas last evening, and even managed a dessert pizza. …Read more.

More end of season details, and too good to be true….

Date posted: January 19th, 2014

A few posts ago I updated you on end of season plans.   I had the opportunity to talk to both Jim and John extensively last night, and while the conversation was wide-ranging (everything from who’s going to win the football games tonight to where we’re staying at March’s Lunar and Planetary Science Conference),  here’s the key new point.   …Read more.

Camp from above

Date posted: January 19th, 2014

Winds were perfect yesterday for getting a kite cam up in the air. You can see our four main tents, the poo and science tents, our skidoos, a red sled, some fuel and cargo depots. …Read more.

Tent day

Date posted: January 19th, 2014

Today we woke to 35 knot winds, with snow blowing everywhere, covering boxes, and bags and drifting in our tent doors. After the initial scramble to cover the skidoos, there was nothing left possible to do outside, so we crawled back in our warm bags. …Read more.

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