This week at Mawson

  • Smiling expeditioner looking out of skylight

    21 January 2011 Single page view

    A fire exercise, sightseeing away from the station and summer season winding down at Mawson.

  • Vertical rescue training

    14 January 2011 Single page view

    Comings and goings, a movie premiere, Search and Rescue training and an unconventional inspection technique trialled at Mawson this week!

  • Expeditioner sitting on Santa's knee

    7 January 2011 Single page view

    A balmy Christmas Day, a trip to Lake Henderson and surrounds, and some wildlife watching at Mawson this week.

  • Scott and Mike P with the afternoon catch

    24 December 2010 Single page view

    The station was buzzing with activity this week, with penguin tagging, a new snow petrel survey, some fishing, and much more!

  • Weddell seal, taking a nap at the end of the West Bay skiway

    17 December 2010 Single page view

    A busy week has been had at Mawson with another CASA flight coming through, the annual powerhouse shutdown, keeping track of the Adélie and snowy colonies, building the Law's final resting place, and the establishment of the summer search and rescue team.

  • Melting Snowman

    13 December 2010 Single page view

    Preparing gravesite for Dr and Mrs Law, CASA and Basler aircraft visit, fire and field training, Ewan's birthday and Adélie surveys, and snow and ice.

  • Disney berg

    3 December 2010 Single page view

    Fresh expeditioners and fresh food, trip to Colbeck hut and Taylor Glacier, Disney berg, German/Canadian visitors and a second happy birthday for Ian.

  • A couple of proud parents-to-be

    26 November 2010 Single page view

    New faces and gear; monitoring Adélie colonies; people around station and volleyball season.

  • Seal yawning

    19 November 2010 Single page view

    Preparing a smooth runway, trip to Auster, counting Adélies on Béchervaise, and retrieving a tide gauge.

  • Mawson expeditioner collects a sample

    12 November

    The skies are now filled with snow petrels and skuas for the first time since they departed the area at the end of last summer.

  • Expeditioner wearing a cardboard box model Mercedes

    5 November 2010

    The race that stops a nation, also stopped the station in more than the usual way. This year, Melbourne Cup came to Antarctica, albeit briefly, as we Mawsonians appeared as part of an interview with Channel 7 on the day. Under the glare of several kilowatts of bright lighting, duk chatted with Bruce McAvaney about the activities for the day while the rest of us milled (and trotted) in the background.

  • 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.

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