Colbeck Hut Visit

Following on from the recce to Low Tongue some weeks ago, a group of six travelled to Colbeck Hut to inspect the hut and confirm sea-ice travel conditions for the important Taylor Rookery census later this year. 

Chris, Rod, Wilko, Rich, Scotty and Rolf departed station at 7 am in two Haggs.  One Hagg was towing a trailer loaded with fuel drums, the other a RMIT van for supplementary accommodation at Colbeck.  (We later discovered a stowaway, Peanut the Camel, hiding in a day pack.)

The sky-gods obliged with a still morning, and auroras until 9:30. After dropping some of the fuel at Low Tongue Depot for the next group, we travelled on to Colbeck, encountering some tide-cracks as we rounded the end of the Jalbert Glacier. On arrival at the hut, we discovered that a blizz-tail had covered in the door.  A spot of digging was called for.

Next day, again in light winds, we awoke to 7/8th of the sky in aurora. We visited Proclamation Point, a little further west. En route, there was a stunning jade berg to admire.

At Proclamation Point, we located the plaque, and raised the flag for a group photo. We were unaware that there is a copy of Mawson’s proclamation document and a visitors book cached at the site.  Perhaps the next group will find it. 

(A check of past news items by Chris Wilson after our return located the following entry from 4 July 2008 which shows how things can change and yet be the same. It also has some further history of the location.)