On the Ice

Jan 4: Start of Part 2

Lee and I arrived in McMurdo on 30 December at about 7pm. In the past 4 days we have gotten all of the initial training completed, and all of our equipment in the cargo system to get to West Antarctic … 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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Dec 04: Thurston Island AWS

Dec 4 – Friday On our third full day at WAIS, Mark and I flew for the second day in a row, this time to Thurston Island AWS. Our plan was to go to both Evans Knoll AWS and Thurston … Continue reading

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Dec 03: Byrd AWS

Dec 3 – Thursday Mark and I had our first station visit out of WAIS today, Thursday 3 December, going to Byrd AWS to raise the station. We hadn’t planned on going to Byrd. In our first scheduling meeting with … Continue reading

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Dec 01: Arrival at WAIS

Dec 1 – Tuesday We arrived at WAIS today! Just in the nick of time, as we had set this day as our cut-off date to get out to WAIS. If we didn’t make it today, we figured it wouldn’t … Continue reading

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Visit to Elaine AWS on Friday, 27 Nov

In my haste to update you all on our WAIS status, I neglected to include that we were able to fly Twin Otter to Elaine AWS, on the southern end of the Ross Ice Shelf, on Friday 27 November. We … Continue reading

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Still in McMurdo, for now…

Mark and I remain in McMurdo for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. On Thursday, our flight to WAIS boomeranged! We left McMurdo around 10 am, but when we reached WAIS, the weather was too poor to land. Our plane circled the … Continue reading

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