Field travel and fuel management

Expeditioners standing near line of quads during blizzard
Quads are versatile field travel vehicles (Photo: M. Woolridge)

Procedures for field travel within the AAp are within prescribed guidelines set out in the AAD Operations Manual and also in the AAD Field Manual, a copy of which is issued to every expeditioner.

Safety is a major consideration for deep field operations, and detailed planning is essential, including the evaluation of likely surface conditions and hazards. Where there is the potential for crevassing, aerial reconnaissance is carried out prior to ground-based small vehicle travel.

Depending on the conditions, training in specific skills will be provided, and in many cases, a trained field guide will be appointed to accompany the expedition.

For details on the most recent maps, visit the Australian Antarctic Data Centre map catalogue to download digital maps.

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This page was last modified on 12 August 2010.