In McMurdo

Nov 10

We reached McMurdo on Nov 10 by C-17 jet. We could walk around at will, and were allowed into the cockpit to see amazing views of Antarctica. We landed at around 3:00 p.m. and were quickly taken to McMurdo station. We attended a series of orientation lectures and were handed over our dorm room keys.

The team at USAP departure lounge in Christchurch. Back Row - Bart, Chris, Kristof. Fron Row - Shilpa, Vickie, Bill, Peter. Bob is missing because he was setting up the national geographic camera.

The team at USAP departure lounge in Christchurch. Back Row - Bart, Chris, Kristof. Front Row - Shilpa, Vickie, Bill, Peter. Bob is missing because he was setting up the national geographic camera.

A helicopter was anchored inside the C-17.

A helicopter was anchored inside the C-17.

Photograph of Antarctica taken from the C-17.

Photograph of Antarctica taken from the C-17.

Landed.

Landed.

Nov 11-12

All people who have to work in the field are required to go to 2 day “Happy Camper” school where they learn essential survival skills. Apart from other things, we learned how to keep ourselves warm in the field, pitch tents in the snow so that they are not blown away by strong winds, build a quinzee and dig a trench, heat water in windy weather, communicate using radios. It was a very useful course, though we were glad to come back to warmth and hot showers.

Mount Erebus, the southermost active volcano on earth, elevation 12,451 ft.

Mount Erebus, the southernmost active volcano on earth, elevation 12,451 ft.

Piling up snow to build a Quincy.

Piling up snow to build a Quinzee hut.

Carting camping gear.

Carting camping gear.

Some clouds had gathered in the evening.

Some clouds had gathered in the evening.

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4 Responses to In McMurdo

  1. Richie says:

    Hi Shilpa,

    Looks likeyou all have been broken in to manage the Antarctic chills. Alos looks like you all are staying very busy….i guess thats one way to keep warm…

    Please keep the photos coming and the blog up to date….we are keeping track

    Best,

    Richie

  2. Carla says:

    I would feel totally awesome if I knew how to do all those survival tricks- the training sounds like a lot of fun except for the cold! I hope you don’t have to actually use any of those skills for survival though. I thought of better use for building trenches in the snow: great place to launch a snowball offensive against your fellow scientists! What else to do when the sun never sets?

    I’m wondering who decided that you should all wear overalls? Maybe they made this choice so that the penguins will know for sure that most of you are coming from Texas? Seriously though, you all look like a team!

    Seeing a helicopter inside a jet is REALLY cool. You need to put the robot inside the helicopter inside the jet- then it could be a high tech version of those Russian nesting dolls.

  3. sgulati says:

    The overalls are USAP standard issue, part of the ECW (Extreme Weather Clothing). We are required to wear or have on hand some of the ECW during flight, such as the big red parka and the bunny boots.

  4. […] I took th refresher course in field safety today. I am so glad I don’t have to take happy camper course this time – it would have been brutal in this […]

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