This week at Macquarie Island: 10 May 2019

Training on the Big Green Sponge

Ready for the wilderness

Over the past month at Macquarie Island our team of expeditioners have participated in three days of field training conducted by Billy, our winter Senior Field Training Officer.

For those of us who have never been to Macquarie Island before, all of the weather combinations were thrown at us including rain, mist, sunshine, snow, sleet, wind and even rainbows – often all in one day. A proper introduction to the wild vastness and diversity of the elements on this Island.

For the team members who have spent previous seasons on the Island it was a chance to see how the flora, landscape and coastline of the island has changed; and to be reminded of how welcoming a Macca field hut is at the end of a long walk.

With essential navigation and wilderness survival skills under our belts, we’re all ready to load the packs and pull on the boots to head back out there to support the science and operational tasks down island this season. 

four people wear hiking gear ready to go on a hike
Billy, Pete, Tim and Stella head off with fresh legs
(Photo: Kat Panjari)
Three people are hiking over a peak covered in long green grass
Ashleigh, Kerryn and Doug conquer the first of many peaks
(Photo: Billy Wallace)
Two people are hiking past a King penguin colony
Billy and Mark make their way along the coast
(Photo: Kat Panjari)
Three people in hiking gear are looking at maps
Kate, Shane and Mark navigate their way
(Photo: Billy Wallace)
three people hike along a green tussock covered ridge
Kerryn, Ashleigh and Doug reach the ridge
(Photo: Billy Wallace)
Two women stand in hiking gear on a walking track
Billy and Stella enjoying a short break on the track
(Photo: Pete Layt)
two hikers in yellow jackets walk through a lush green valley with rocky outcrops on either side
Tim and Pete make their way to Bauer Bay Hut through a…
(Photo: Stella Thomas)
Three people stand in hiking gear in front of a wooden field hut
Ashleigh, Kerryn and Doug happily arrive at Bauer Bay Hut
(Photo: Billy Wallace)