On Monday Val, Layla, Alyce, Adam, Corey, Dave, Sarah and Craig departed station for an overnight training trip to Woop Woop. This was a dual purpose trip. The first purpose was to create a suitable path between Davis and Woop Woop (high up on the plateau) for transporting fuel on a sled, and to deliver serviced plant equipment. The second purpose was Rauers traverse training for eight personnel.
Camping at Woop Woop gave the team the opportunity to practice setting up a polar pyramid field camp in trying conditions but in very close proximity to the Woop Woop accommodation vans if temperatures dropped too low or winds picked up to an uncomfortable level — it’s always good to have a plan B. Fortunately for the team the temperature and winds were exactly what was predicted: −35°C and 10 knots. Now that may sound very uncomfortable for most but when you’re well prepared, and have the right gear and equipment, you can pretty much eliminate all risk associated with cold injuries. Now that may sound very uncomfortable for most but when you’re well prepared, and have the right gear and equipment, you can pretty much eliminate all risk associated with cold injuries.
The team also tested the operation of the HF radio set, simulated crevasse travel probing unknown snow areas, and tested the operation of Iridium handsets.
The two days were a huge success and everyone returned to station with many fun and interesting stories.