This week at Mawson

  • Long slog up the side of Hordern

    29 October 2010

    The weather at Mawson this week has been as perfect as one could hope for, and so we’ve had field parties out most of the week. Annette, Doc Jim and Geoff got the ball rolling with a trip to Mt Hordern, south of the David Range. One of the highest peaks in the area, Hordern is a reasonably lengthy climb over loose rock before a more technical section at the top. The trio spent the night at Fang hut before tackling the climb the next morning, and returned to station with glowing reports of the trip. The weather at Mawson this week has been as perfect as one could hope for, and so we’ve had field parties out most of the week. Annette, Doc Jim and Geoff got the ball rolling with a trip to Mt …

  • The “wailing-a” wall

    20 October 2010

    Seals are popping out in profusion along the shorelines as we eagerly await the arrival of more cute pups to attract our attention and steal our hearts. Doc Jim and Annette reported an abundance of them closer to Auster, where the chicks have endured the winter and formed their creches in the iceberg amphitheatre that will be home to them for a couple more months yet. Seals are popping out in profusion along the shorelines as we eagerly await the arrival of more cute pups to attract our attention and steal our hearts. Doc Jim and Annette reported an abundance of them closer to Auster, where …

  • Hagglunds vehicles rumbling along

    15 October 2010

    This week, the second trip to Ledingham’s Depot was completed.  The first trip left to perform the penguin census at nearby Fold Island, while this trip was to perform hut maintenance and replace the aging fuel drums at the site.  Conditions for this trip were outstanding; four days of as close to perfect weather as one could hope for at this time of year firmed up the track and ensured a relatively easy going trip. This week, the second trip to Ledingham’s Depot was completed.  The first trip left to perform the penguin census at nearby Fold Island, while this trip was to perform hut maintenance and replace the aging fuel drums at the site.  …

  • Bogging a Hagglunds

    8 October 2010

    Fold team 1 (Mick, Annette, Ian, Geoff, Doc-Jim & Dan) regaled Fold team 2 (Pete, Maria, Scott, Rob & Ewan) with tall tales some true of their legendary trip (reported last week) somehow failing to frighten them off an attempt of their own. Therefore much of the week was spent preparing equipment and exchanging information and advice on what to, and more importantly what not to do. Training video sequences and practical advice from Ian of how to extract bogged vehicles were very educational. Fold team 1 (Mick, Annette, Ian, Geoff, Doc-Jim & Dan) regaled Fold team 2 (Pete, Maria, Scott, Rob & Ewan) with tall tales some true of their legendary trip (reported last week) somehow failing to frighten them off an attempt …

  • En route

    1 October 2010

    In This Week at Mawson, we have a look at the epic field trip recently completed by a dedicated group of volunteers to survey by photograph the Fold Island emperor penguin colony. In This Week at Mawson, we have a look at the epic field trip recently completed by a dedicated group of volunteers to survey by photograph the Fold Island emperor penguin colony. …

  • DanÂ’s post field trip holiday

    24 September 2010

    Expeditioners travelled to Bechervaise Island to have a look at some malfunctioning penguin monitoring equipment. Following some straight forward troubleshooting instructions, the guys think they found the problem, but discovered the difficulties of low temperature soldering.  Soon the island will be teeming with Adelie penguins as their breeding season draws ever closer. Expeditioners travelled to Bechervaise Island to have a look at some malfunctioning penguin monitoring equipment. Following some straight forward troubleshooting instructions, the guys think they found the problem, but discovered the difficulties of low temperature soldering.  Soon the island will …

  • ScottÂ’s powerslide

    17 September 2010

    The Fold Island census team snowed in after a successful trip, station blizzard creates conditions for play and 'international' golf day. The Fold Island census team snowed in after a successful trip, station blizzard creates conditions for play and 'international' golf day. …

  • Expeditioner playing 8-ball

    10 September 2010

    The annual Mawson pool competition concluded this week. Preparations for the Fold Island penguin census reached their crescendo. Photos of penguin chicks; and a fire-breathing dragon... The annual Mawson pool competition concluded this week. Preparations for the Fold Island penguin census reached their crescendo. Photos of penguin chicks; and a fire-breathing dragon... …

  • On route to Auster

    3 September 2010

    This week, Ewan, Ian, PJ and Maria headed out on a day trip to Auster Colony to ensure the emperor chicks were still growing. This week, Ewan, Ian, PJ and Maria headed out on a day trip to Auster Colony to ensure the emperor chicks were still growing. …

  • A calm evening near Mawson

    27 August 2010

    This week has been one of weather extremes with days either spent indoors avoiding a blizzard or skiing and snowboarding aroung the station on a perfect, calm and sunny afternoon. This week has been one of weather extremes with days either spent indoors avoiding a blizzard or skiing and snowboarding aroung the station on a perfect, calm and sunny afternoon. …

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