Signs that spring is returning to Casey, and Wilkins wakes up

Coming to an end

With our winter now at an end - one season finishes and another begins. Spring, a season of new excitement as we eagerly await the return of all our lost creatures. Already there has been speculation and queries as to the return of seals, these random big blobs appearing on the sea ice and disappearing in the blink of an eye. With the possible arrival of seals (I have yet to confirm) this can only mean one thing, the imminent return of the masses of Adelie penguins and coastal bird life. This will certainly lead to the return of more frequent adventures to isolated huts and exploration of our spectacular piece of Antarctica. Now out of the dark and the length of days seeming close to normal, we are able to soak up the sunsets and sunrises which are now feeling numbered.

Nathan Grace, Casey Mechanic

Wilkins startup

With 5 months at Casey over winter now drawing to an end the time to awaken the sleeping Wilkins aerodrome is upon us.

Convoying out of station in 4 tractors and 3 Haggs, carrying 10 people and towing a total of 13 sleds consisting of 5 buildings, 3 machines and various other equipment we set our focus on the journey ahead.

Conditions on the day were more than generous providing clear skies, a temperature of -26°C and low winds. Within 24 hours the winter camp was brought back to life and by hour 48 the buildings were liveable and providing hot water. After 6 days both the camp and workshop were fully operational including moving the workshop to its summer location.

Poor weather conditions since have delayed the start of the snow clearing process for the runway preparation. However, with easing conditions predicted it looks hopeful to start the works sometime soon.

Wilkins team - Matt Ryan, Sam Jacobs, Glenn Harradine, Dane Riley