PCMs from a pilot's point of view

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This week at Davis: 3 February 2012

A couple of times this season we’ve been out in the Prince Charles Mountains (PCMs), assisting those who I affectionately called the rock biologists.

We carry them around to many interesting sites, or anywhere there may be life, looking for lichens and soils.

The PCMs are situated on either side of the Amery Ice Shelf – a unique mountain range where some of the peaks stick almost straight up from sea level at around 6000 feet, nearly 2000 metres!

Other peaks are enveloped in ice up to about 3000 feet above sea level.

Whilst we had some amazing scenery it was not without its hassles. Some sites were quite high and others had quite strong turbulent winds… it’s not all glamorous!!!

These guys and girls did it hard in my mind, camping out for 60 days. I was quite happy to seek the luxury of a warm bed and hot running water after only spending a few days with them…

Good on you guys and thanks for allowing me the chance to take you around all that marvelous scenery!

Prince Charles Mountains looming on the horizon
Prince Charles Mountains looming on the horizon
(Photo: Dougie Gray)
The PCMs stand tall at up to 2000 metres!
Straight up to 2000 metres!
(Photo: Dougie Gray)
Expeditioners alight from the helicopter at the Prince Charles Mountains
Arrival at the scenic Prince Charles Mountains
(Photo: Dougie Gray)
Scenic Prince Charles Mountains
Scenic Prince Charles Mountains
(Photo: Dougie Gray)
The biodiversity team at Mt Menzies
The biodiversity team at Mt Menzies
(Photo: Nick Morgan)
The biodiversity team at Beaver Lake
Josh, Nick, Paul, Adrian and Fiona at Beaver Lake
(Photo: Nick Morgan)
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