After much preparation 2 Quads, 1 Hagg left Mawson 28/5 for Colbeck hut, Taylor glacier towing temporary accommodation, the RMIT van as prior reports had mentioned the hut was engulfed in ice; spot on as photo shows. After approx 6 hours through spectacular scenery and a kind weather window reached our destination and proceeded to chip away at the ice to gain entry to hut; amazing an ice floor (interior decorators/architects would kill for this); turn on the gas and start the heater, instant rain forest/steam bath (what more could you wish for), Keldyn and Cookie immediately lay claim to their waterlogged bunks, whilst a sumptuous meal was prepared by various chefs shuffling around the ice floor with the assistance of micro spiked boots. Nice meal, good company and an icy sleep (got better as the RMIT warmed up over the next few days and the hut dried out).
Planned work carried out and time to check out Taylor and Cape Bruce, photographers’ paradise along with an obliging low moon and sunsets plus the occasional lost Emperor penguin and very rare Keldyn jade berg.
Trip back equally as good despite kilometres of rafted/broken ice, bonus was very strange shaped Jade berg, to me looked like squid, then a Snapper, Cookie said a Cod! By then was confused so settled for a whale.
What a great few days away from station — thatsss all folks.