1.1.1A Refuges 0607

Refuges

Names of refuges (region, latitude and longitude) medical facilities and accommodation capacity.

Name:CAPE DENISON
Type:Historic Site, ASPA 162, ASMA 3 and refuge
Coordinates:67°00S, 142°40'E
Region:Cape Denison juts northward into Commonwealth Bay in George V Land.
Date established:1978
Date last examined:December 2005
Operating period:Used intermittently to support field personnel carrying out repairs to the Mawson's huts over the summer period.
Accommodation facilities, including food, fuel, etc:Granholm hut, erected by ANARE in 1978, stands on the west side of Boat Harbour. It is 3.2 x 2.2 m and contains benches, seats and a gas cooking stove and oven. A small porch area contains some fairly old emergency rations and a shower. Kerosene, petrol and gas may be available in limited quantities.

Sorensen hut, a 7 x 7 m living hut 1 km east of Boat Harbour, contains cooking facilities and sleeping accommodation for four people or six in an emergency. An Apple hut alongside provides accommodation for three or more.

Medical facilities:Nil

WILKES LAND (CASEY STATION REGION)

Name:WILKES 'HILTON' REFUGE
Coordinates:66°15.4'S, 110°32.2'E
Description:Wilkes Refuge is located in the old transmitter hut within the Wilkes station complex, on the Clark Peninsula approximately 3 km due north of Casey station. Any form of vehicle may be used to reach Wilkes via the caned overland route (7 km). The route is subject to heavy melting and wash-aways during the summer months and may then be impassable to vehicles. Access to Wilkes by quad, foot or ski in winter requires good sea ice if you intend to cross Newcomb Bay.
Date established:Established 1962.
Date last examined:Frequently.
Purpose:Used throughout the year to support field personnel.
Accommodation facilities, including food, fuel, etc:It is a decommissioned Wilkes transmitter building. It accommodates six in bunks, with space for an additional four, equipped with a radio, food, fuel and cooking facilities and has a list of instructions peculiar to its fittings and contents.
Medical facilities:Comprehensive first aid kit
Surface transport:Nil

Name:JACK'S DONGA
Coordinates:66°13.7'S, 110°39.2'E
Description:Jack's Donga is on the northern end of the moraine line 9 km directly north-east from Casey station. The 15 km caned access route for any type of vehicle is along the eastern side of the Loken Moraine.
Date established:Established 1972.
Date last examined:Frequently.
Purpose:Used throughout the year to support field personnel.
Accommodation facilities, including food, fuel, etc:The hut is a decommissioned 'Freighter' sled-mounted traverse van. It accommodates 4 people, equipped with a radio, food, fuel and cooking facilities and has a list of instructions peculiar to its fittings and contents.
Medical facilities:Comprehensive first aid kit
Surface transport:Nil

Name:ROBINSON'S RIDGE REFUGE
Coordinates:66°22.4'S, 110°35.2'E
Description:Robinson's Ridge Refuge is located 10 km due south of Casey station. The 15 km caned route for any type of vehicle is initially along the western edge of the Loken Moraine for approximately 4 km and then through the gap to the eastern side of the moraine for the last 6 km. Travellers must keep well clear of the dangerously crevassed area at the southern end of the moraine line on the shores of Sparkes Bay, turning west for the final approach from the Kros Moraine.
Date established:1988
Date last examined:Frequently.
Purpose:Used in summer to support field personnel.
Accommodation facilities, including food, fuel, etc:A rebuilt old-Casey building mounted on skids. It accommodates 4 people, equipped with a radio, food, fuel and cooking facilities and has a list of instructions peculiar to its fittings and contents.
Medical facilities:Comprehensive first aid kit
Surface transport:Nil

Name:THE BROWNING PENINSULA REFUGE
Coordinates:66°28.7'S, 110°33.0'E
Description:The Browning Peninsula Refuge is 21 km due south of Casey station. The 69 km inland route for all vehicles is via Lanyon Junction to Haupt Nunatak, then west onto the peninsula. The final approaches from Haupt to the peninsula are prone to severe melting between December and March; beware of deep melt streams and lakes which may have a thin surface layer of ice. Vehicles may become bogged or stuck; deadmen, planks and winches must be carried. Browning Peninsula may be accessible across the sea ice from Robinson's Ridge during winter, and depends upon prior measurement of the ice thickness.
Date established:
Date last examined:Frequently.
Purpose:Used in summer to support field personnel.
Accommodation facilities, including food, fuel, etc:It is a custom-built sled-mounted hut made from AANBUS panel and accommodates 4 people, equipped with a radio, food, fuel and cooking facilities and has a list of instructions peculiar to its fittings and contents. Shelter and a cache of food and fuel is at Ford Island enroute.
Medical facilities:Comprehensive first aid kit

Name:PETERSON ISLAND EMERGENCY SHELTER
Coordinates:66°26.7'S, 110°30.4'E
Description:Petersen Island Emergency Shelter is located on the northern end of Petersen Island, 21 km south of Casey station, Wilkes Land.
Date established:
Date last examined:Frequently.
Purpose:Used as emergency shelter only.
Accommodation facilities, including food, fuel, etc:A 'Melon' hut offering spartan accommodation for four, equipped with food, fuel and cooking facilities and has a list of instructions peculiar to its fittings and contents.
Medical facilities:Comprehensive first aid kit
Surface transport:Nil

Note:

To assist field parties in an emergency or to facilitate long-distance journeys, depots of fuel, food, and equipment have been placed at:

- the receive site hut (GR 648.05/477.75 of Casey Station Local Area Map),

- Shirley Island at (GR 648.5/477 of Casey Station Local Area Map).

Provision caches can also be found at:

- Thompson Is in the Balaena group, 40km north of Casey. This cache has not been visited for some time. It is recommended that if and when it is ever visited again, that it should be removed.

- Ford Is in Penney Bay, 14km south of Casey.

PRINCESS ELIZABETH LAND (DAVIS STATION REGION)

Name:PLATCHA REFUGE
Coordinates:68°30.8'S, 78°30.6'E
Description:Platcha Hut is located near the eastern extremity of Long Fjord, 12 hours by foot or 1.0-1.5 hours by quad from Davis. At Platcha hut and other areas near the continental ice sheet, gale force (katabatic) winds regularly occur, even in otherwise fine weather. Under normal conditions, no point in the Vestfold Hills is further than 3 hours travel by vehicle from a refuge or the station.
Date established:First hut established in April-May 1961.
Second hut established in 1982.
Date last examined:Frequently.
Purpose:It is used for access to the plateau. Also used as a base for field training.
Accommodation facilities, including food, fuel, etc:This refuge consists of 2 huts. The main hut provides accommodation for 4 people. The hut is equipped with food, fuel and cooking facilities and has a list of instructions peculiar to the hut's fittings and contents. A radio is available at this location.
Medical facilities:Comprehensive first aid kit.

Name:BANDITS REFUGE
Coordinates:68°20.3'S, 78°23.2'E
Description:Bandits Hut is located on a small island at the entrance of Tryne Fjord, 3.5 hours by quad from Davis via Long Fjord and Tryne Fjord. It is located on the north-west side of Tryne Fjord. This hut is the furthest away from Davis (around 29 kilometres to the north-east) and can only be accessed via sea-ice or by helicopter. Under normal conditions, no point in the Vestfold Hills is further than 4 hours travel by vehicle from a refuge or the station.
Date established:Established in 1983.
Date last examined:Frequently.
Purpose:Used in summer to support seal research field personnel.
Accommodation facilities, including food, fuel, etc:Accommodates 4 people, is equipped with a radio, food, fuel and cooking facilities and has a list of instructions peculiar to the hut's fittings and contents.
Medical facilities:Comprehensive first aid kit

Name:BROOKES REFUGE
Coordinates:68°32.6'S, 78°11.5'E
Description:Brookes Hut is located on the shore of Shirokaya Bay, a 3 hour walk from Davis. Under normal conditions, no point in the Vestfold Hills is further than 3 hours travel by vehicle from a refuge or the station.
Date established:1972
Date last examined:Frequently.
Purpose:Used in summer as a depot for seal and lake research.
Accommodation facilities, including food, fuel, etc:Accommodates 4 people, is equipped with a radio, food, fuel and cooking facilities and has a list of instructions peculiar to the hut's fittings and contents.
Medical facilities:Comprehensive first aid kit.
Surface transport:Nil

Name:WATT'S LAKE REFUGE
Coordinates:68°35.9'S, 78°13.8'E
Description:Watt's Lake Hut is located at the eastern end of Ellis Fjord, a 3 hour walk from Davis. Under normal conditions, no point in the Vestfold Hills is further than 3 hours travel by vehicle from a refuge or the station.
Date established:
Date last examined:Frequently.
Purpose:Used in summer by field personnel in support of biological programs in the Fjord and nearby lakes.
Accommodation facilities, including food, fuel, etc:Accommodates 4 people, is equipped with a radio, food, fuel and cooking facilities and has a list of instructions peculiar to the hut's fittings and contents.
Medical facilities:Comprehensive first aid kit.
Surface transport:Nil

Name:TRAJER RIDGE REFUGE
Coordinates:68°33.9'S, 78°28.8'E
Description:Trajer Ridge hut is about 24 kms from Davis Station and is at least a 12 hour walk from Davis or 1.5 - 2 hour quad trip. Under normal conditions, no point in the Vestfold Hills is further than 3 hours travel by vehicle from a refuge or the station.
Date established:1988
Date last examined:Frequently.
Purpose:Used in summer for field training sessions and parties proceeding to the plateau. This refuge will be removed in 2005/06.
Accommodation facilities, including food, fuel, etc:Accommodates 3 people (Melon hut), is equipped with a radio, food, fuel and cooking facilities and has a list of instructions peculiar to the hut's fittings and contents.
Medical facilities:Comprehensive first aid kit.
Surface transport:Nil

Name:MARINE PLAIN REFUGES
Coordinates:68°36.9'S, 78°6.5'E
Description:There are 2 Apples and 1 Melon just outside the boundary of the Marine Plain ASPA. From Davis it takes 1.5 hours on foot (4 hours if Ellis Fjord has melted), or 30 minutes by small vehicle. Under normal conditions, no point in the Vestfold Hills is further than 3 hours travel by vehicle from a refuge or the station.
Date established:
Date last examined:Frequently.
Purpose:Used as an emergency refuge or specifically to support field persons working in the protected site, ASPA 143 (Marine Plain).
Accommodation facilities, including food, fuel, etc:Accommodates 5 people, is equipped with food, fuel and cooking facilities and has a list of instructions peculiar to the hut's fittings and contents. No radio equipment present.
Medical facilities:Comprehensive first aid kit.
Surface transport:Nil

Name:ROOKERY LAKE REFUGE
Coordinates:Rookey Lake at 68°29.9'S, 78°4.4'E
Description:Rookery Lake hut is located at the western end of Long Peninsula, Vestfold Hills.
Date established:
Date last examined:Frequently
Purpose:Used in summer by field personnel in support of monitoring programs on Adelie penguins.
Accommodation facilities, including food, fuel, etc:Accommodates 2 people (Apple hut), is equipped with food, fuel and cooking facilities and has a list of instructions peculiar to the hut's fittings and contents. No radio equipment present.
Medical facilities:Comprehensive first aid kit.
Surface transport:Nil

Name:CROOKED LAKE REFUGE AND 'BOULDER TENT DEPOT'
Coordinates:68°36.4'S, 78°28.8'E
Description:A refuge is located on the Crooked Lake side of the cross over from Druzhby Lake and a tent depot is situated at the eastern extreme of Crooked Lake at the base of Boulder Hill. Crooked Lake is a 6 hour walk or 2 hour quad journey from Davis. Under normal conditions, no point in the Vestfold Hills is further than 3 hours travel by vehicle from a refuge or the station.
Date established:
Date last examined:
Purpose:Used in summer to support field personnel.
Accommodation facilities, including food, fuel, etc:An Apple hut (accommodates 2) is located at the crossover. The hut is equipped with food, fuel and cooking facilities. No radio equipment present. A tent depot is located at the base of Boulder Hill. The tent depot accommodates 2 people, is equipped with food, fuel and cooking facilities.
Medical facilities:First aid kit.
Surface transport:Nil

Name:RAUER ISLANDS HOP REFUGE
Coordinates:68°49.1'S, 77°41.4'E
Description:Rauer Islands Hop Refuge is located on Hop Island.
Date established:1990.
Date last examined:Frequently.
Purpose:Used in summer to support field personnel.
Accommodation facilities, including food, fuel, etc:Accommodates up to 5 people. This site consists of a Smartie (3 people) and one Apple hut (2 people). The huts are equipped with food, fuel and cooking facilities. ATK
Medical facilities:Comprehensive first aid kit available during summer occupation.
Surface transport:Nil

Name:ACE LAKE REFUGE
Coordinates:68°29'S, 78°11'E
Description:Ace Lake Hut is located near the north-western extremity of Long Fjord, 0.5 hours by quad from Davis. Under normal conditions, no point in the Vestfold Hills is further than 3 hours travel by vehicle from a refuge or the station.
Date established:Summer 2004/05.
Date last examined:Frequently.
Purpose:It is used to support research projects at Ace Lake.
Accommodation facilities, including food, fuel, etc:This refuge consists of 1 Apple type hut, and provides accommodation for 2 people. The hut is equipped with food, fuel and cooking facilities and has a list of instructions peculiar to the hut's fittings and contents. A radio is available at this location.
Medical facilities:Comprehensive first aid kit.

Name:RAUER ISLANDS FILLA REFUGE
Coordinates:68 38 34.4S, 78 06 17.8E
Description:Rauer Islands Filla Refuge is located on Filla Island
Date established:1999
Date last examined:2004
Purpose:Used in summer to support field personnel
Accommodation facilities, including food, fuel, etc:Accommodation for 2 people.
Medical facilities:Comprehensive first aid kit available during summer occupation.
Surface transport:Nil

MAC. ROBERTSON LAND (MAWSON STATION REGION):

Name:BECHERVAISE ISLAND BASE
Coordinates:67°35.2'S, 62°48.4'E
Description:Bechervaise Island is 2 km north-west of Mawson and is a long-term research site.
Date established:
Date last examined:Frequently.
Purpose:It is used to support summer field programs.
Accommodation facilities, including food, fuel, etc:Accommodates 4-5 people (one Apple hut, 2 Googie huts and a storage shed). Contains food, fuel, cooking, heating and laboratory facilities. It is fully fitted out with equipment for five researchers and also has a radio telephone installed. Each hut has a list of instructions peculiar to its fittings and contents.
Medical facilities:Comprehensive first aid kit available.
Surface transport:Nil

Name:MACEY ISLAND - AUSTER ROOKERY
Coordinates:67°26'S, 63°49'E
Description:Macey is located 47 km north-east of Mawson in the eastern part of the Robinson Group. It is accessible only when sea ice is present.
Date established:Established in 1971.
Date last examined:Frequently.
Purpose:It is a shelter for visitors to the Auster emperor penguin colony, a further 9 km to the east, on fast ice.
Accommodation facilities, including food, fuel, etc:Accommodates four persons. It contains food and fuel for heating, lighting, and cooking (either kerosene or LPG).
Medical facilities:Comprehensive first aid kit.
Surface transport:Nil

Name:MOUNT HENDERSON
Coordinates:67°42'S, 63°03'E
Description:Mount Henderson hut is located 15 km south of Mawson. It is situated on the western ridge, below the main peak.
Date established:Established in 1978.
Date last examined:Frequently.
Purpose:It is a shelter for visitors to the Mount Henderson area and is presently used for recreational visits and field training.
Accommodation facilities, including food, fuel, etc:Accommodates four persons. It contains food and fuel for heating, lighting, and cooking (either kerosene or LPG).
Medical facilities:Comprehensive first aid kit.
Surface transport:Nil

Name:RUMDOODLE
Coordinates:67°46'S, 62°49'E
Description:Rumdoodle is located 18.5 km south of Mawson. The shelter is known as 'Maxine's' and is situated at the western foot of the range, approximately 2 km from its northern end.
Date established:
Date last examined:Frequently.
Purpose:It is used as shelter for visitors to the North Masson Range which is almost entirely for recreational visits and field training.
Accommodation facilities, including food, fuel, etc:Accommodates five persons. It contains food and fuel for heating, lighting, and cooking (either kerosene or LPG).
Medical facilities:Comprehensive first aid kit.
Surface transport:Nil

Name:FANG PEAK
Coordinates:67°47'S, 62°35'E
Description:Fank Peak shelter is situated at the eastern foot of Fang Peak at the northern end of the range, approximately 26 km south-west of Mawson.
Date established:Established in 1982.
Date last examined:Frequently.
Purpose:It is used as shelter for visitors to the David Range. Although it has been used by geologists, its main usage is recreational visits and field training.
Accommodation facilities, including food, fuel, etc:Accommodates four persons. It contains food and fuel for heating, lighting, and cooking (either kerosene or LPG).
Medical facilities:Comprehensive first aid kit.
Surface transport:Nil

Name:COLBECK ARCHIPELAGO HUT
Coordinates:67°26'S, 60°58'E
Description:Colbeck Hut is located 100 km west of Mawson and 5 km north-east of Taylor Glacier on an island in the Colbeck Archipelago.
Date established:Established in 1988.
Date last examined:Frequently.
Purpose:It is used as shelter for visitors to the Taylor Glacier area, including the Taylor Glacier emperor penguin colony in ASPA 101.
Accommodation facilities, including food, fuel, etc:Accommodates four persons. It contains food and fuel for heating, lighting, and cooking (either kerosene or LPG).
Medical facilities:Comprehensive first aid kit.
Access:Can only be accessed over fast ice or via rotary wing aircraft.

Name:SCULLIN MONOLITH
Coordinates:67°47'S, 66°42'E
Description:The Scullin Monolith shelter is located approximately 180 km east of Mawson. It is not usually accessible overland from the station but is resupplied and checked from vessels offshore or by helicopter.
Date established:Established in 1988.
Date last examined:13 Oct 2002
Purpose:It is used as a fuel depot in support of summer field programs in ASPA 164.
Accommodation facilities, including food, fuel, etc:Accommodates two persons (Apple hut). It contains food and fuel for heating, lighting, and cooking (either kerosene or LPG). ATK
Medical facilities:Nil
Surface transport:Nil

KEMP LAND

Name:LEDINGHAM DEPOT
Coordinates:67°22'S, 59°27.9'E
Description:Ledingham depot is situated in the Stillwell Hills.
Date established:1984
Date last examined:2005
Purpose:Used in summer and winter by field personnel supporting approved science projects.
Accommodation facilities, including food, fuel, etc:1 Melon hut and variable fuel depending on programs in the area. Restocked in 2004.

ATK

Medical facilities:Comprehensive first aid kit available during occupation only.
Surface transport:Nil

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