This week at Mawson: 17 March 2017

After clear blue skies the weather turned windy reminding us that winter is on its way. Survival and field travel training continued at Rumdoodle Hut and we celebrate two birthdays!

Adventures at Rumdoodle

Survival and field travel training continued this week at Mawson with an overnight trip to Rumdoodle Hut for Heidi, Alex, Benny, Leon and Eddie.

With blue skies and minimal wind the field party practised their navigation and travel hazard skills during a trip to Fearn Lake. 

three expeditioners stand on an ice ridge with the sun shining
Benny, Heidi and Leon out in the field at Rumdoodle.
(Photo: Benny Bogusz)
four expeditioners stand in front of a 10 metre wall of ice
Leon, Alex, Heidi and Eddie at an ice wall at Fearn Lake.
(Photo: Benny Bogusz)
Four expeditioners are having a cup of coffee inside a field hut
Alex, Eddie, Leon and Heidi at Rumdoodle Hut.
(Photo: Benny Bogusz)
an expeditioner stands on an ice ridge with arms outstretched
Eddie on an ice ridge at Rumdoodle.
(Photo: Benny Bogusz)
a pink and blue sunset over a field of ice
Sunset at Rumdoodle.
(Photo: Benny Bogusz)
a three quarter yellow moon rises beside a mountain peak
Moonrise at Rumdoodle.
(Photo: Benny Bogusz)

Happy birthday Brian and Shane

It’s pretty special to celebrate a birthday in Antarctica… let alone sharing it with someone who was born on the exact same day and year as you.

Brian and Shane celebrated their birthday on 14 March, with two different types of cake and very special handmade gifts from Eddie our ingenious plumber.

Brian received a handmade golden sausage to celebrate his love of sausages; and Shane received a handy set of ready to wear hearing trumpets.

two men pose in front of a birthday cake
Brian and Shane sharing one of the birthday cakes.
(Photo: Kat Panjari)
two men cut a round birthday cake together
Brian and Shane cutting their birthday cake.
(Photo: Kat Panjari)
a man wears a set of ear phones made from plumbing pipe
Shane testing his ingenious ready-to-wear hearing trumpets.
(Photo: Mal Vernon)
a man holds a golden sausage cast from lead on a wooden stand
Brian and his golden sausage.
(Photo: Mal Vernon)
two men observe another man wearing a pair of ear phones made from recycled plumbing pipe
The ear trumpets really do work...
(Photo: Mal Vernon)
a man is leaping towards a birthday cake being cut by two men
Everyone was keen on a piece of the birthday cake.
(Photo: Kat Panjari)

Weekends at Mawson

How are expeditioners spending their weekends at Mawson? It depends! We usually make the most any fine weather conditions to practice photography around the station. Last weekend included rock wall climbing in the green store and a quietly competitive card game of 500.

A man is climbing an indoor rock climbing wall in a harness
Eddie on his way up the climbing wall.
(Photo: Doug McVeigh)
a man in a harness is climbing a rock climbing wall while another man holds a safety rope
Eddie being spotted by Mal as he climbs the wall.
(Photo: Doug McVeigh)
a man is wearing a harness climbing an indoor rock climbing wall
Mal on his way up the wall being supported by Eddie
(Photo: Doug McVeigh)
four people sit around a table playing a game of cards
Heidi, Doug, Mal and Mark enjoying a quietly competitive card game of…
(Photo: Doug McVeigh)
four people sit around a table playing a card game
Sunday cards in the mess.
(Photo: Doug McVeigh)
a man has climbed to the top of an indoor rock climbing wall
Mal makes it to the top of the rock climbing wall at…
(Photo: Doug McVeigh)

A day of high winds

So far this season we have been blessed with mostly blue skies and sunshine, but just to remind us that winter is coming* we experienced a day of high winds on Tuesday with the highest gust of 89 knots (approximately 175 km per hour) creating dramatic views of Horseshoe Harbour and the East Arm peninsula.

(*coincidentally Season One of Game of Thrones has commenced screening at Mawson on Monday nights at 7pm)

wind is blowing in a harbour with 5 colourful buildings in the foreground
Horseshoe Harbour in high winds.
(Photo: Doug McVeigh)
water and waves being blown by high winds in a grey peninsula of islands
High winds on the East Arm at Mawson.
(Photo: Doug McVeigh)
a windswept harbour with blue buildings in the foreground
Horseshoe Harbour being buffeted by high winds.
(Photo: Doug McVeigh)