A trip to the South Masson Range

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This week at Mawson: 5 July 2013

Darron, Jeremy and Peter C headed out one afternoon early last month, driving the blue Hagglund up to Rumdoodle Hut where we spent a pleasant evening devouring Fray Bentos pies and playing chess. At around midnight, a spectacular aurora suddenly appeared for well over an hour, giving us the opportunity to spend some quality time out on the plateau in calm conditions to admire and photograph the celestial display above us.

We arose early the next morning, and departed in near dark conditions. Before too long, we had arrived at the base of Trost Peak. We admired the sun rising and skirting the horizon, as we firstly climbed to the top of Trost Peak and then circumnavigated it via the surrounding wind scours and lakes.

We then headed further afield south into the heart of the South Masson Range, eventually parking up at a lake from where we circumnavigated Mt Burnett.

Later we weaved a path through lakes and blizz tails, exploring the eastern side of the South Masson Range, admiring the now setting sun and eventually setting sail for the station that we call home.

 

Dinner at field hut - Jeremy and Peter C tucking into freshly baked Fray bentos pies.
Jeremy and Peter C hooking into freshly baked Fray bentos pies.
(Photo: Darron Lehmann)
Aurora near Rumdoodle
Aurora near Rumdoodle
(Photo: Darron Lehmann)
Aurora at Rumdoodle with two blue Haggs in the photo
Aurora at Rumdoodle
(Photo: Darron Lehmann)
Outline of a Hagg and expeditioner standing on the snow with sunrise in the background
Jeremy admiring the sunrise from Trost Peak
(Photo: Darron Lehmann)
Panorama from Trost Peak
Panorama from Trost Peak
(Photo: Darron Lehmann)
Brown rocky peaks of the South Masson Range are stark against the snow.
Peaks of the South Masson Range
(Photo: Darron Lehmann)
Trost Peak wind scour
Peter C climbing out of a Trost Peak wind scour
(Photo: Darron Lehmann)
Sun rising over the North Masson Range
Sun rising over the North Masson Range
(Photo: Darron Lehmann)
Rocky and icy landscape near Mt Burnett
Scenery near Mt Burnett
(Photo: Darron Lehmann)
Two small hikers against a snowy panorama in the Southern Masson Range
Jeremy and Peter C hiking in the Southern Masson Range
(Photo: Darron Lehmann)
Figure all in black with balaclava to keep out the cold.
Antarctic Ninja assassin
(Photo: d)
Sun sinking over the horizon of the Mawson coast
Sun setting over the coast as we head for home
(Photo: Darron Lehmann)
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