Since ‘stay-at-home’ has been established, I’ve reflected on its relation to deep field work in Antarctica – mainly because my current feelings feel strangely familiar… Many recent news stories provide isolation ‘guides or how-tos’ from an Antarctic perspective. While useful for some, I do not have the authority or experience level to properly advise othersContinue reading “Ice-olation: perspective(s)”
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Last day out…for now
After a few days waiting on weather, Shaun and I got out one last time for the 2019/20 field season. We managed to get to a rarely visited site along the Mulock Glacier and finished off the work we started along the lower Skelton Glacier. Each site had its own peculiar challenges…At Mt. Marvel, alongContinue reading “Last day out…for now”
A fine day along the Byrd Glacier…
With a break in the weather, we made a dash for another site within the Lonewolf Nunataks along the upper Byrd Glacier. These impressive perched nunataks are situated in the middle of a fast-flowing portion upper Byrd Glacier…similar to a large boulder in a middle of a river. This massive glacier drains an area overContinue reading “A fine day along the Byrd Glacier…”
Byrd is the word!
Happy New Year! We had a great little holiday break here on Ross Island as we welcomed in 2020. We marked the occasion with the 31st annual Icestock music festival OUTSIDE at McMurdo Station. The day was full of sun but a tad windy. The good tunes and high spirits made for a great timeContinue reading “Byrd is the word!”
First field trip!
On December 23rd, Shaun and I had a great opportunity to get into the field and collect some rocks! We flew in a helicopter from Scott Base to a little rocky outcrop at the mouth of the Skelton Glacier. Our flight path took us straight over some amazing features where ice and rock mix toContinue reading “First field trip!”
Trained up & Ready to go…
A quick personal note: Massive thanks to KJ for helping to deliver our content and work around our limited internet here at Scott Base. A great challenge of working down here is keeping up with loved ones back home. The distance and isolation can create lots of difficult scenarios to manage but ultimately a greatContinue reading “Trained up & Ready to go…”
It’s been an interesting week for sure …after receiving our ECW (Extreme Cold Weather) gear and a very short one day delay in Christchurch, Shaun and I made it to the ice! We are extremely lucky as many were delayed by up to a week. Also, lucky not to have boomeranged…which is a very terribleContinue reading “On Ice!”
Let’s see where this goes…
Everyday in the field is a holiday. — D. Elliot
I’m starting this little blog to share our upcoming field work with you. I’ll make an attempt at describing why I’m researching in Antarctica, what it takes to get there and be productive and a little bit on everyday life at the base and in the field. The posts are primarily for family, friends andContinue reading “Welcome”