Author Archives: David Mikolajczyk

Canceled to fly to WAIS, in McMurdo for Christmas!

We got canceled trying to go to WAIS again today, 23 December. We were the backup mission to a Herc flight to South Pole which was activated. Because of the Christmas holiday, McMurdo takes their holiday break for the next … Continue reading

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On the schedule to go to WAIS!

It’s that time of year, when the AWS team tries to go to WAIS. Marian and I have been waiting for this moment. For the past couple weeks, while we have been on the helo and Otter schedule here in … Continue reading

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Pegasus North and Lorne AWS, delays, and WAIS preparation

It is long overdue that I give you all an update on our goings on in McMurdo. It’s 19 December, and since the last update I’ve given, the weather has been poor, then pretty good for a few days, and … Continue reading

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Dave and Marian are on the ice!

AWS field team 2 is on the ice! Marian and I arrived in McMurdo on 4 December, just as scheduled! We are here to take over for Carol, who has gotten the season off to a great start, despite the … Continue reading

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28 Nov: Snowmobile to Windless Bight AWS

On Monday, 28 November 2016, Lee, Carol and I took a snowmobile adventure out to Windless Bight AWS to replace the power system and raise the instrumentation. We were on the Twin Otter schedule to fly to Gill AWS (as … Continue reading

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21 Nov: Dave’s Arrival and Schwerdtfeger AWS

Hey all, Dave here! I arrived on the ice on Tuesday, 15 November. As Carol mentioned, I arrived just late enough to miss out on flying to Laurie II and Emma. Oh well, I’m glad that Lee and Carol were … Continue reading

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Dec 15: Departed WAIS, and end of Field Season Pt 1

On Tuesday, 15 December, Mark and I finally got out of the “WAISland.” The schedule originally called for a Herc coming to WAIS at 1:30 am on Wednesday morning (16 Dec). Everyone at camp was concerned about that because the … Continue reading

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Dec 14: Botched WAIS departure, Austin AWS install, and Evans Knoll AWS

Dec 14 – Monday Mark and I were hoping to be flying off continent, back to Christchurch, and heading home today. Instead, we are still at WAIS. The weather and flight schedules have not cooperated with us, so our new … Continue reading

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Dec 11: Brianna, Erin, and Evans Knoll AWS

Dec 11 – Friday The past few days have been busy ones for Mark and I. First, we have been on the flight schedule to leave WAIS on an LC-130 back to McMurdo on Wednesday night, Thursday night, and now … Continue reading

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Dec 08: Storm at WAIS

Dec 8 – Tuesday This past Sunday, into early Monday morning, a strong storm came through WAIS. This storm consisted mostly of high winds and blowing snow. Winds were sustained at around 25 to 30 knots (I think – this … Continue reading

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