Author Archives: Carol Costanza

10 Nov: Random work and Lorne visit

Sorry for the delay in posting blog posts. We’ve been running around McMurdo getting all kinds of things done, but nothing has been very blog worthy. George Hadmenos arrived on November 1st without any deals, so I’ve been doing some … Continue reading

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28 Oct: Arriving in McMurdo

Welcome to another season of the On the Ice Blog. This season we’ll be servicing 20 sites out of both McMurdo Station and WAIS divide camp in west Antarctica. Like in previous seasons, we will have rotating groups of two … Continue reading

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13 Dec: Linda AWS and Lorne AWS

The beginning of the week of Dec. 5th brought some more unpleasant weather. By Thursday, December 8th we were finally able to go on a helicopter ride to both Linda AWS and Lorne AWS. For this trip, only Lee and … Continue reading

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6 Dec: Willie Field AWS, Pegasus North AWS, and Alexander Tall Tower AWS

After the trip to Windless Bight AWS, we were able to setup a new power system to install at Willie Field AWS. After a few days of Twin Otter cancellations, we decided to drive back out to Willie Field AWS … Continue reading

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27 Nov: Willie Field AWS, Lorne AWS, and Thanksgiving

The beginning of the week of November 21st brought an intense storm to McMurdo. Nearly all flying was cancelled due to low visibility and blowing snow, thus we weren’t able to do much work. Storms similar to these can create … Continue reading

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16 Nov: Laurie II AWS and Emma AWS

On Tuesday, November 18th we took a helicopter out to Laurie II AWS. Lee and I were originally scheduled to take the small A-Star helicopter, but then we realized we needed to take a 180 lbs power system that wasn’t … Continue reading

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12 Nov: Cape Bird AWS, White Island AWS, Minna Bluff AWS, and John Kerry

On Tuesday, November 8th we took a helicopter out to Cape Bird. Since Cape Bird is an exciting place and we were a light load on the helicopter, the hairdresser at McMurdo, Alicia, was invited to come with us as … Continue reading

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7 Nov: Marble Point AWS, Marble Point II AWS, and Pegasus North AWS

On Friday, November 4th Lee and I had our flight activated to Schwerdtfeger AWS. On the flight to Schwerdtfeger we could not find the tower. After an hour of flying around the coordinates, we gave up and flew back to … Continue reading

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Oct. 31: Arriving in Antarctica for the 2016 season

Welcome to another exciting season on the ice! This season we will only be working from now until December 16th, and we have 16 AWS we would like to try and visit. Thus, it will be one of our shorter … Continue reading

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Feb 14: Leaving Antarctica, ending the 2015-2016 season

In a turn of events, we actually weren’t able to get to anymore AWS in the last 3 full days in Antarctica. We had planned to get to Windless Bight AWS on February 10th, but the visibility was too low … Continue reading

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