Posted by Sarah
Wind Speed: 5 Knots
Temp with wind chill: -50
Scott Base on Ross Island is very isolated for much of the year and new supplies are often impossible to get. An enormous amount of planning goes into getting all the things that Scott Base and all the scientists need in the field, many years in advance. Additionally great care is taken to make things last and as much as possible is reused and recycled. This has not changed since man first arrived on the continent.
Troy repairing a polar tent © AHT/ Sarah
The Field Support Officer and Base Leader, Troy Beaumont, has just spent many weeks repairing polar tents for the 2011/2012 summer science season, with the industrial Singer sewing machine.
There is a Herbert Ponting image of P.O. Evans inside Captain Scott’s 1910 Terra Nova Expedition Hut at Cape Evans, at a similar but hand cranked Singer sewing machine, working with heavy canvas.
These ongoing connections with the heroic era remind us how lucky we are with all the modern facilities we have, and that we must also value and respect what we have here.