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Safety training and life in McMurdo town

Sorry for the delayed posts!…we arrived Thursday last week and have been busy with meetings, training, packing our gear for camp, learning the ins-and-outs of McMurdo town life, and wait, there’s more training! Indoor field safety training and now outdoor training. I have begun to realize that 80% of research in Antartica is preparing and surviving the environment while 20% is direct research…this may not be entirely true but it’s a reality in this harsh environment. This week starts the more intense outdoor training, crevasse training, deep field camp survival, and snowmobile training.  Here’s some pictures from the training sessions and a couple of fun pics too.

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Tour around McMurdo town
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Field Safety training
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Indoor crevasse training…Learning how to tie knots to climb ropes, called prusiks
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Outdoor crevasse training in the man made crevasse…hard work to get up that wall and fun too!

Treated like royalty

Our royal transport to Antarctica
Our royal transport to Antarctica

I’m learning the USAP is well polished machine but this takes it to new levels…royalty!  When I heard we might take a commercial style jet instead of the standard cargo planes C17, I was somewhat disappointed for not getting the real experience. Now that I’m on the plane with a window seat, I’m ecstatic!! Now all we have to do is wait and see if we get to take off. There’s always the possibility flights are delayed or even returned before landing, called boomeranging, but hopefully we will get lucky.

Preparations for Antarctica – Field Team 2016

Today was our first full day in Christchurch, New Zealand and most of it was spent preparing for our field work in Antarctica.  We arrived at the United States Antarctic Research Program station to learn the details of our upcoming trip and get outfitted for the coldest place on earth!

Clothing options at the Clothing Distribution Center
Clothing options at the Clothing Distribution Center
Fully outfitted in polar field gear, Mel Carter is ready to go!
Fully outfitted in polar field gear, Mel Carter is ready to go!
Ready to get there, Laura Stevens is looking for alternate transportation methods.
Ready to get there, Laura Stevens is looking for alternate transportation methods.

If all goes well, we will depart tomorrow morning for Antarctica. Keep posted!