(It has been two weeks since I last had internet access so this post is a bit of a catch up!)
After arriving at Scott Base and having a refresher AFT (Antarctic field training) course, we spent two days packing our field gear. We had a long list to get through ranging from equipment, radios, solar panels, tents, sleeping bags to food and toilet kit.
Cages with field equipment in Hillary Field Centre:
...and this is our final pile of everything that we would need for the next two weeks out in the Wright Valley:
As last year, we flew out by helicopter to our first site in the Wright Valley. We were very lucky to get out on the scheduled day as the weather and visibility are often too bad to fly.
Arrival at the helicopter pad:
We caught our last views of Scott Base while flying - last year the sea ice broke off at Scott Base and therefore the ice is still very thin and forms beautiful meltwater ponds.
Scott Base and meltwater ponds:
Flight into Taylor Valley
The flight to our first site took nearly one hour. We passed the ice shelf and flew into the Dry Valleys via Taylor Valley and then crossed over to the Wright Valley via the Asgard Range.
Crossing over the Asgard Range into Wright Valley:
Last view of the helicopter:
We found a great camp spot on a large snowbank near the Wright glaciers. We had each a tent and a small kitchen tent. This will be our home for the next week.