Sunday, 30 December 2018

Antarctica 2018-2019

Capetown for the Gateway to Antarctica


Long street in Capetown



The V&A waterfront tin Capetown. Weather as per usual this time of year, hot.



First Class tickets to Antarctica. Flight time 6 hours to the Russian station.



 Antarctica again. Was last here 9 months ago. Where does the time go?



Our accommodation at OASIS, the Russian main station until we can get a feeder flight to the German station Neumayer. At the moment the weather is not great so it might be a while.


A few interest things to see and do though







A day visit to the Indian station MAITRI about a 5 km walk from OASIS across snow and rocks.



The hot room (Banya/sauna) with a nice cold tub for the second stage. Shame it was about 100 degrees when we entered.




Our onward flight to Neumayer (2-3 hours) with 9 winterers on the Basler.



Neumayer III


The daily weather ballon from the top of the building.



 The atmospheric research platform 'SPUZO'



Penguin research on the ice



Tuesday, 26 December 2017

Halley 2017-2018



Still in Cambridge. Flight from Cambridge to the Falkland Islands on the 4th December 2017 delayed and then cancelled due to bad weather. The next flight is 4 days later. Keeping my fingers crossed. Finally a flight to the Falklands via Cape Verde.

A 7 hour flight to Cape Verde with a 2 hour stop over. Temperature in the high 20s. It definitely beats the cage in the Ascension island.

The Air tanker


Setting sail from Mare harbour after an 11 hour flight from cape verde. No time in the Falklands this time but looks like the sun is shining at the moment.


First sign of sea ice on the way to Signy and the temperatures drop.


Signy research station in the background.


A young elephant seal enjoying the warmth of the midday sun.


The Ernest Shackleton docked in the middle of the bay



South Georgia and KEP (King Edward Point) station



The old whaling station of KEP


Drake passage crossing much easier than other times. Only small swells and few big waves.


The start of the sea ice. Hardly any around at the moment and not really causing any slowdown of the Ernest Shackleton as it moves through.


Some science on the sea ice. Snow samples for isotope analysis back in Cambridge and some radar work for comparison with the satellite.


The Brunt ice shelf and a small colony of penguins. No chicks though.




The ES moored up against the sea ice of creek 8. We arrived at Halley 2 days quicker than expected even after dropping people off at KEP which added an extra two days sail. This was due to the factthat there was no sea ice to slow the ship down. The swell that we encountered appears to have brocken up a lot of the sea ice around the creeks.


A small Emperor penguin colony at creek 8. A small window of time to get off the ship and stretch the legs.




Start of a 3 day relief (24 hour shifts)


Summer BBQ

Halley VI

Neumayer station

accommodation in the caboose

atmospheric platform- Spuzo

Penguin trip
Station vehicles

Polarstern relief

life on base
EDEN project for life on Mars

Plant growth




Friday, 10 February 2017

Punta arenas


                                                 Punta Arenas, Chile

                                   
                                         la luna restaurant. First meat in two months.

Monday, 6 February 2017

Heading home Rothera bound



 Getting ready to fly out of Halley with 4 others at the end of January. The twin otter sits on the Halley runway. The temperatures starting to drop as the sun gets lower.



 Flight over the macDonald rumpoles where the Halloween crack was observed in October 2016.



 First stop on the flight to Rothera is the Ronnie ice shelf where the  i- BEAM team awaits a drop off from the ES shackleton which is having a tough time of maneuvering through the dense pack ice.



                                        Now at Rothera and Snowboarding at Vals .



 Doing the loop with nordic skis around the Rothera flag line. Three hours of great ski-ing and near perfect weather.


                                          Rothera from the traverse towards Vals.