This week at Mawson
The Mawsonians this week held a beach-themed party. There was also a trip to Mt Henderson, and some interesting weather phenomena.
This week at Mawson station 30 April 2010
To refresh our necessary search and rescue, roping, abseiling and "black ops" descent skills, an afternoon in the Green Store was organised.
This week at Mawson station 23 April 2010
To ensure safe quad bike travel, weekly measurements of the thickening sea ice are made. This week, Jim, Ruth and Mick drew the short straw and trudged out over the ocean, ice drill and measuring tape in hand, heart in mouth.
This week at Mawson station 16 April 2010
Team Mawson recently tested the newly formed sea ice. Tests deemed essential in determining its robustness included ice skating, cross country skiing, golf and soccer.
Easter at Mawson was spent by many relaxing and taking the opportunity to get out into the field.
This week at Mawson station 26 March 2010
This week Mawson expeditioners headed to Mt Henderson to install a new radio antenna and support mechanism on the repeater after the last one snapped in high winds. Radio coverage to Macey Island field hut and Auster Rookery should now be greatly improved.
This week at Mawson station 19 March 2010
Medical team Mawson sprang into action this week with Doc Jim running a two-day refresher scenario for the volunteer medical staff. It's worth remembering that the day jobs for all except Doc Jim are more along the lines of fixing broken pipes and electrical cables than broken humans.
This week at Mawson station 12 March 2010
Fire Chief Mick had planned a full fire training exercise for the station that included smoke, blackout conditions and casualties. Throughout the week he could be heard maniacally chuckling to himself about his plan.
Winter has definitely arrived at Mawson, with consistent low temperatures, a proper blizzard and everyone's favourite topic: water rationing. Throughout the summer, we enjoyed the luxuries of practically limitless glacial water pouring into our catchment area. But no more.
This week at Mawson station 26 February 2010
A sense of serenity has settled over the station like a warm blanket, as we adjust to the reduced station numbers and greater number of free rooms.