Holly here! As the group is now officially off the grid they’ll have limited access to the internet. By “limited” I mean none. Therefore, I’ll be doing my best to relay what’s going on down there – fresh off the press/satellite phone! Quite a marvel when you think of it, really. Technology eh?
Yesterday I received a call from the future. No really, Allie informed me that they had taken off McMurdo on the 12th of December and had since spent two nights in Shackleton Camp – meaning it was the 14th there BUT I received the call on the 13th. Riddle me that one will you? Time, how does it work? Anyways, they spent the days at this tiny camp making final preparations for the deep field, reading books and feeding the furnace (i.e. feasting on delicious homemade pasta, pork chops and carrot cake – a hard job but they surely they rose to the challenge)
It sounds as though the weather has been balmy and highly conducive to travel! When I spoke with Allie they had just flown Gordon off into the great white with a load of gear, Allie was swooped away moments after our call ended! By the end of the day the whole group was (weather permitting) officially in the deep field! Just the five of them with hundreds of moraines to keep them company. They’ll be camped at Robert’s Massif for the duration of this field season in a place we referred to as the “Land of Milk and Honey” owing to the sheer volume of PERFECT moraines strewn throughout the valley. They’ll be out there until later December and will have plenty to keep themselves busy!
They’ll be in touch periodically with the Satellite phone so plan on more updates from the field. Until then think warm, sciencey thoughts for our comrades in the deep south!