This week at Casey: 23 August 2019

Going every direction - from Law Dome to sea ice

A busy week at Casey

The last couple weeks have seen the completion of Traverse 1 to Law Dome, 133 km from station at an altitude of almost 1400 metres. A team of eight headed up to inspect the Automated Weather Station (AWS) and conduct some initial work on the battery and solar panels. The team experienced a variety of weather from a perfect, calm relatively warm day of -25°C to winds up to 55kts and blowing snow.

The Wilkins Aerodrome start-up is in full swing with the four member team departing this week to set up camp and commence the demanding and important work of getting the runway ready for the arrival of aircraft in late October. The Aerodrome is 65 km south east of station and about a four hour journey. The work will be supported by many members of the broader Casey team from communications set up, AWS repairs and electrical and plumbing work.

The weather is changeable at Casey, with a blizzard one day and beautiful the next, but we have enjoyed some very nice weekends and perfects days in general to get on the sea ice. The team has explored the area on quads and skis with sightings of many Weddell seals, and a not so friendly Leopard Seal. The next few weeks should bring more opportunity to get out and all going well, we should see Weddell seal pups in the area.

Chris (SL) 

A drone shot of the traverse group of vehicles and the Automsted Weather System being worked on surrounded by snow and a grey sky
Law Dome from the air
(Photo: Juan Guerrero Pachon)
The Traverse team posing near the AWS with vehicles in the back ground on a snow white surface
Posing on Law Dome
(Photo: Ben Keyes)
A tractor and vans followed by a green Hagglund making its way down towards Casey and a setting sun
Traverse team on its way back to Casey from Law Dome
(Photo: Ben Keyes)
Lots of snow covering up the ice runway on a partly cloudy day
Wilkins Aerodrome - a bit of work to do on the runway
(Photo: Matty Ryan)
Two quadtracs in the foreground with rock, ice and icebergs in the background
Wilkins tractors ready and waiting to head up the hill
(Photo: Chris MacMillian)
Three quads shown being ridden on the sea ice with an island in the background
Quads on the sea ice
(Photo: Matty Ryan)
Two skiers towing sleds on the sea ice with ice cliffs in the background
Skiing across the ice
(Photo: Amy Hobbs)

Getting to know a Casey Expeditioner - Garvan Timms

Name: Garvan

Nicknames: Starvin, Jack Russel

From: Brisbane

Previous seasons? None

Job title: Plumber

Describe your role in two sentences:

Install pipes. Fix pipes.

What did you do before your joined the AAD?

Fire sprinkler fitter on high rises

What is your favourite part of your job here at Casey?

All the jobs that have nothing to do with plumbing

If you were not a plumber what would be your dream job?

Comms tech at Casey

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Boxing, darts and skiing

What song sums up your Casey experience so far?

Reggae shark

What actor would play you in a film version of our 72nd ANARE season here at Casey?

Jason Statham

Favourite piece of Australian Antarctic Division kit?

Overalls

What is your favourite book / movie (or both) and why?

Pulp fiction

What is your typical 'Slushy FM' genre? Do you have a particular favourite?

Lethal’s playlist

Describe your Casey experience with: a sight, a smell, a sound, a feeling and a taste.

Sunsets over the sea ice, the waste treatment plant, two dogs karaoke, force of the wind in a blizzard, sourdough and peanut butter.

Do you have a favourite quote that you’d like to leave us with?

We’re all in the gutter but some of us are looking at the stars – Oscar Wilde

Something people may not know about you:

I macramé

Garvan on Skis looking at the camera on the sea ice with the sun on the snow behind him
Ski trip on the sea ice
(Photo: Amy Hobbs)
Garvan and Aaron sitting on the lower fuel tanks in deck chairs
Fuel transfer
(Photo: Amy Hobbs)