Most of the team leaves for Bonney

November 26, 2008

Most of the team, except Chris and myself, left for Lake Bonney today morning at 10:30.  The flight takes about 30-40 minutes. They will set up the tents and the platform and organize some of the Do-Not-Deep-Freeze stuff that is flown there all through the day.  5 helicopters will transport our stuff to the camp today. Some of the Do-Not-Freeze stuff such as computers, electronics etc. will fly out tomorrow or Friday with the robot. Chris and I are here to baby-sit the robot and make sure that the robot gets handled carefully while transporting to the helo-pad, and do some pending programming work.

A rough estimate from Peter is that the total weight of our stuff would be around 70,000 lbs!

Peter getting ready to leave outside his office in the Crary Building.

Peter getting ready to leave outside his office in the Crary Building.

Stuff ready for loading.

Stuff ready for loading.

Bart and Bill listening to safety instructions.

Bart and Bill listening to safety instructions.

The team.

The team.

Bart ready to board. There was too much stuff and too many people.

Bart ready to board.

Helicopter ready to leave.

Helicopter ready to leave.


Packing up for Bonney

November 26, 2008

Nov 24

We finished packing up and weighing stuff for Lake Bonney today. We also took down the tent and dismantled the platform. Photos thanks to Robin.

The robot with "skis".

The robot with "skis"

Dismantling.

Dismantling.

Taking down the tent.

Taking down the tent.

Folding the tent.

Bob and Bill folding the tent.

Chris folding the insulating panels.

Chris folding the insulating panels.

Peter and Bob taking down the arches.

Peter and Bob taking down the arches.


A wonderful meeting

November 26, 2008

Nov 23

Sunday is off-day here. We took it a little easy, and worked a few hours packing up and weighing stuff. It will be taken to the helo-pad either tomorrow or Tuesday.

The highlight of the day for me was that Robin introduced me to wildlife filmmakers Doug Allan and Neil Lucas during brunch. They are here to film weddell seals and invertebrates for the BBC series “Life” (name might get changed) which will likely be released next year. We chatted for about 15 minutes and I was impressed by the humility and accessibility of these guys despite the incredible work they have done. I mentioned my favorite scene in the “Planet Earth” series – that of a mother polar bear with two cubs, and it turned out that Doug himself had shot the scene! Needless to say, I am absolutely thrilled.

I ran into them a couple more times, but did not have my camera with me. I will try to take pictures if I run into them again. It is a good idea to always carry a camera here.

Peter and Bill presented the ENDURANCE project as part of the Science Lecture series tonight. There was a fair crowd and people were very interested. The lecture lasted about an hour and there were many questions from people. It allowed me to step back for a moment and think of the scientific implications of our project.