Four intrepid expeditioners, Sealy (dieso extraordinaire), Dave (building services supervisor), Marc (dieso ‘Ice Lord') and Birdman (communications technical officer) seized on a window of calm freezing weather and left Davis station for the remote ski landing area ‘Woop Woop', to prove the route and look at retrieval/maintenance of vehicles and communication equipment winterised until November’s flying season.
This being the first Hägglunds trip on the sea ice, strategic ice depth drilling along the way made for steady progress. Floating atop the snow covered sea ice, the yellow Hägg reached the monolith of the great white continent. Birdman, with stealth like poise and the homing skills of a pigeon, navigated yellow Hägg across the blue ice expanse. Bronze mirage shimmering greeted the travellers on the plateau, signalling the start of a brief but warming visit of the sun.
In the great white expanse, navigating by GPS is essential and soon, in the distance, the remote camp of Woop Woop came into view. Cocooned in goose down jackets, Birdman and Dave quickly inspected vital infrastructure of the site, while Marc and Sealy checked for vital signs that giant machines will leap into life.
After a quick lunch of warm soup and sandwiches, and with Sealy in the driver’s seat, the four headed off for the warmth and security of Davis station, a successful trip behind them.
Greg ‘Birdman’ B