On the Ice

Gill AWS, South Pole escapades, and our schedule

As promised, this post will be about our trip to Gill AWS, Lee and Mike’s trip to South Pole, and an update on the AWS team’s schedule (spoiler alert: Mike is on an LC-130 and redeploying as I write this!). … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas from McMurdo!

Happy Holidays, all! The whole AWS team was together in McMurdo to celebrate the Christmas holiday! It’s been a while since I’ve updated this, and for that I apologize. There has been many developments, especially in the past 5 days. … Continue reading

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Helicopter trip to Ferrell!

Yesterday, 12 December, Elina, Forbes, and I took a helo trip to Ferrell to raise the lower instrumentation and dig up the power system. We had two boondogglers come along with us: Megan and Cat. They work in town in … Continue reading

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Flights to Laurie II and Sabrina, and weather canceled for Ferrell

At the end of last week, we had our first AWS site visits of the season. We kicked things off with a helicopter flight to Laurie II on 6 December, with myself, Elina, Mike, and Lee making the journey. Forbes … Continue reading

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Crevasse training (and servicing Laurie II and Sabrina)

In the time since my last post, we’ve gone to 2 AWS and began preparations for Lee and Mike heading to South Pole and Elina and I going to WAIS! More on that soon… First, a brief but intense storm … Continue reading

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Getting the AWS team up to speed

The team is (pretty much) all trained up and ready for flying! Over this past week, we have attended training classes to teach us about fire safety, how to sort our trash, how to drive a truck, how to walk … Continue reading

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The 2018-19 AWS field team is on the ice!

Let the on-ice festivities commence! Hi, I’m Dave Mikolajczyk, and I will be guiding you, dear reader, along for some informative, entertaining, and hopefully never-boring stories that will describe the 2018-19 AWS field season. As it turns out, the story … Continue reading

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Feb 8: Weather Stations, and Time to Say Goodbye….

Hello Everyone! I have returned from Antarctica. Here’s the last report of what was a very busy last week!! 1. Work continues to the very end! We continued to work right up to the very end of our deployment. With … Continue reading

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20 Jan: Final WAIS blog post: Camp life, storm, and departure by Twin Otter

It turned out that our attempt to go to Thurston Island on 16 January was our last flying day to an AWS from WAIS for the season. The weather at Thurston didn’t cooperate for the remainder of our stay. The … Continue reading

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18 Jan: Otters to Evans Knoll and Thurston Island (13 Jan), and again 16 Jan

On 13 January, the weather was forecasted to be good enough on the coast for us to go to Evans Knoll and Thurston Island. We were very excited at the prospect of getting both of those sites done in one … Continue reading

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