Not much change to our winter routines that can be reported this week; we do our final checks and training for the winter Traverse (departing next week), support the Wilkins team in their preparations of the runway, and continue working hard to complete September work lists and finalise the Red Shed renovation’s large construction works.
Spring weather has bought intermittently fine and cold, and windy and warm weather, constantly changeable and unpredictable. The sunny days are deceptive with the warmth of the sun radiating through the windows when sheltered inside, but step outside not correctly covered and the digits will still quickly complain about their exposure.
Training for our winter traverse to Law Dome is now complete and the team are packed and ready to head off on Monday. This week the traverse team completed their suture training and on Friday night undertook the overnight familiarisation camp up at the Casey Ski Landing Area. The suture training was opened up to the whole station and was an opportunity taken up with much enthusiasm. Let’s really hope it’s not required; despite some great skill displayed, it might be a bit more difficult performing suturing on a live wriggling patient as opposed to pig skin. In a lucky happenstance, excess pig skin, salted and roasted, made for a fabulous bar snack on Friday night!
The Wilkins team are progressing well with their runway preparations. Some broken machinery required a ‘road train’ transfer to station on Monday in order to undertake repairs in the station’s workshop, and Troy, George and Baz visited this week to lend their skills (comms tech, met tech and electrician) to finalise the establishment of the summer camp.
So, a bit like Groundhog Day, we find we're in a bit of a September lull before the expected excitement in October, when we do our final preparations for the incoming team and pack!
At least we don’t need a groundhog on station to predict if winter will persist. Whether Punxsutawney Phil emerges and views his shadow or not… we’re betting on another six weeks.
Rebecca (Casey SL)