This week at Casey
10 December 2010 – All on one page
Bunger Hills depot flight, stores transfer, sled hauling and assessing Snowbird Three recovery, Rod's facebook, science update: Tot-Cal Project, survey success, Shirley Island, around station, Titanic dinner... with Titanic music... and Titanic socialising, and the official opening of the Casey Nordic Ski Trail.
3 December 2010 – All on one page
Wilkins Camp - the get-up and the set-up, water, food and fuel, Casey station and Wilkins weather, the Other Camp - CRYOSAT, from the field, METAR training, trip to Browning Peninsula, around station, SAR training exercise at Wilkes, winter hydroponics team and building works.
26 November 2010 – All on one page
Casa out of action; science teams continue with or without aircraft; plumbing team infiltrate the inner workings of Casey; recreation trip to Wilkes; Ed's survival of the fittest; Bollywood night; and hard training and the Adventures of Shamus.
12 November 2010
On Friday November 5 the second Casey bound group of expeditioners finally took off from Hobart. Just over five hours later we landed at McMurdo Station and were welcomed by the Station Manager George Blaisdell who was pleased to advise that the Hercules was running and ready to go for our onward journey to Casey. Seven hours later we were again graciously greeted by George at McMurdo Station after deteriorating weather caused the dreaded boomerang flight. 12 November 2010
5 November 2010
Casey has been a hive of activity this week as the team prepares for the incoming aircraft, personnel and cargo. All on station have stirred into life after a long winter hibernation, and the excitement is building at the thought of meeting new people and receiving mail as eight months of isolation draw to a close. As I write from behind the comms desk, the US LC130 Hercules is inbound for Casey after several days of unsuitable weather and a turned around flight. 5 November 2010
29 October 2010
This week we have continued to focus on the arrival of aircraft (C212s and the LC130) and when these planes land the summer season officially commences. Graeme and a small support team are at the skiway (5 nm from station) every day preparing the landing strip and there’s lots to do, grooming, reposition fuel, mark the skiway with flags, and ensure we have the appropriate equipment and vans on site to support the team coming in. Due to the nature of Antarctic weather a second landing strip at A19 (approx 60 km from Casey) was prepared last week; this strip will only be used if conditions at the skiway are unsuitable on the day. 29 October 2010
20 October 2010
Sausage making classes, more work on the Wilkins Ops building, cane line maintenance (72 bamboo canes were placed in position between the A line and Browning Hut), work continues on preparing the skiway for the arrival of the C212’s and the Hercules, seal and penguin spotting, general maintenance programs and station clean up have dominated our week. 20 October 2010
15 October 2010
Another successful traverse was completed this week, the second within a two month period, preparations for the arrival of the fixed wing C212’s and the Hercules are on track, the Wilkins Operations Building is now taking shape and Casey expeditioners took part in the ‘Ride to Work Day’ promotion. 15 October 2010