Posted by Cricket
Date: 27 October 2010
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This week, Diana and I started preparing for the second phase of our 6-month summer term, which involves camping and working at historic British expedition huts. Our target deployment date is next Tuesday, 2 November 2010, if everyone arrives from New Zealand in time and the weather permits. Our schedule for the next three months begins with two weeks at R.F. Scott’s Terra Nova Hut at Cape Evans, a brief return to Scott Base to resupply, then a month-long session at E. Shackelton’s Nimrod Hut at Cape Royds, a two week re-group period back at Scott Base for Christmas, and, in January, a final month back at Cape Evans. It’s a lot of movement, which requires careful planning on everyone’s part, including the engineers, carpenters, mechanics and field support staff at Scott Base.
For us, one of our tasks is to organize the 35 food boxes. Each box contains provisions for one person for 20 days and includes a range of quick, high-energy food such as peanut butter, honey, jam, pasta, rice, spice packets, dehydrated meals, cookies, crackers, chocolate bars, oat bars, powdered milk, energy drinks, coffee, tea and cereal. Yesterday we unpacked each box, parceled everything out and repacked placing one food type per box. In the field, we’ll each rotate through cooking duty, and since our average group size is 10, having the boxes arranged by food type makes it easier to pull in bulk what’s needed for each meal. Seeing all this food got me thinking about what meals I could make. I’m certain about one thing, cereal will trump the dehydrated fish pie dinner.