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Departure for Antarctica

Posted by Anne D Jungblut Nov 17, 2014

After spending several lovely days in Christchurch and having a look around to see how more and more buidlings are being rebuilt after the earthquake, it was time to pick up my ECW (Extreme Cold Weather Gear) for our Ice Flight.



Entrance to the US Antarctic Program clothing distriubtion center in Christchurch.


Extreme Cold Weather Gear.


The flight was originally scheduled for 9am with a pick-up by the shuttle bus at 6am from the place I was staying. However, weather conditions can change very quickly in Antarctica, therefore I was told to ring the flight information… lucky I did so at 5.40 am.


Our flight was delayed by 3 hours, which meant I got another 2 hours of sleep. Finally, we left Christchurch just after 12 noon. As always, the C17 was pretty full with people and cargo.



Inside the C17 aircraft.


After a bit more than 5 hours, we arrived in Antarctica!



....arrival in Antarctica!


Finally it was time to get my Antarctic clothing. The clothing is issued by New Zealand and US Antarctic programs in the International Antarctic Centre:





AND this is the cold the extreme cold weather clothing, that we need to wear or have in our carry-on bag on the flight to Antarctica in case there will be an emergency landing .




Anne D Jungblut

Anne D Jungblut

Member since: Sep 2, 2010

I'm Anne Jungblut from the Botany Department. Join me as I head to Antarctica to study cyanobacterial diversity in ice-covered lakes of the Dry Valleys and Ross Island where already scientists on Scott's and Shakleton's expeditions made many discoveries.

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