This week at Davis: 24 November 2017

This week at Davis we completed resupply and changeover, worked in the field and said farewell to the 2017 winter team.


For the new Davis team our first week was one of fantastic weather. It really couldn’t have been better conditions for those working to refuel the station, deliver water and cargo from the ship, manage the constant flow of cargo ashore and to the ship across the sea ice and work in the field on geotechnical and seabird surveys.

A highlight was seeing our brand new Hägglunds vehicle in the livery of mental health charity Speak Up Stay ChatTY unloaded from the ship and trundle across the ice to station. 

Jock led a team including Trevor, Steve and Dean to drive snow grooming vehicles and an accommodation module on a sled from station through the frozen fjords and then up to the plateau ski way at Woop Woop ready for summer flying operations.

A big shout out also to the crew of the Aurora Australis and the voyage management team from the Division for their great work to make it all happen at the ship end.

The outgoing team gave us a brilliant handover and had the station in perfect condition for us, despite the 22 blizzards of their winter!

Along with all the operations mentioned above we also practiced our fire team response, learnt how to manage power outages and came to grips with the myriad of things we need to know to live and work in this amazing place, all under the tutelage of the outgoing team.

It’s a day off today so most can recharge batteries before we start work tomorrow to get all of our our emergency response systems and capabilities in place and then crack on with our summer program.

Stay tuned! 


Robb (station leader) 

Black and white photo of people sitting on top of, and leaning back on, a tracked snow vehicle.
The 70th ANARE
(Photo: Barry Becker)
A blue tracked vehicle on the ice in front of the ship.
Speak Up Stay ChatTY Hagglund arrives at Davis.
(Photo: Barry Becker)
Two penguins walk beside a fuel hose on the snow.
Adèlie penguins monitor the fuel line to ensure no spills occur.
(Photo: Barry Becker)
Fire team members walk back to a building after a drill.
New fire team go through their paces.
(Photo: Robb Clifton)
Rocky hills and lakes.
The Vestfold hills, rocks and lakes are our new backyard.
(Photo: Robb Clifton)
A plaque with expeditioner names from the 70th ANARE.
70th ANARE plaque ready for the wall.
(Photo: Kate Kloza)
A tracked snow vehicle tows a sled with container on it across the ice.
Prinoth groomer tows the new shelter to Woop Woop skiway for use…
(Photo: Marty Benavente)