The focus for the team this week has varied from medical and first aid training, transporting 21 drums of fuel to Woop Woop, preparation meetings and packing for the Rauers trip next week and general station maintenance. For the early risers a stunning aurora display high above station was witnessed and one of our expeditioners decided he missed the surf so much he Photoshopped an image of himself surfing a sea ice wave.
In readiness for the medieval party Nick, our resident carpenter and cartoonist, decided to turn a large snow blizz tail at the entrance to our main building into a dragon (or it may have been a caterpillar or a springtail).
The last few days has seen the concerted effort by all trades focused on the preparation of two ‘kings sheers’ sleds, to be used on the science initiated Rauers traverse, scheduled to commence next week (weather permitting).
There has been a focus on attention to detail in the defect and update repairs to the sleds. I am sure this has nothing to do with the very same trades personnel making the repairs also being part of the traverse expedition team. The detail I refer to is the draught proofing dunny door, design and material selection of dunny seat etc. — makes you wonder what Douglas Mawson would make of us today.
Seriously though, any traverse requires planning and attention to detail in the Antarctic. Preparation for this trip has literary been months in the making predominantly at the Davis station, but also with input from the whole of the Australian Antarctic Division.
The two sleds, one housing accommodation and the other to carry fuel, and the dunny will be towed by Hägglunds, a proven reliable work horse in the conditions found in the Antarctic.