Here at Mawson, it continues to be all about the surrounding sea ice at the moment. Mal and Shane took the quad bikes out to test our sea ice drilling sites as part of the Antarctic Fast Ice Measurements project (measuring sea ice in Antarctica since the 1950’s!). This data is also vital to determine the ice thickness for suitability for sea ice travel on foot, quad bikes and in Hägglunds vehicles.
Even in the depths of winter different surface definitions can cause us to have ‘a bad day’ when we might bog a quad bike in surface slush. So this week Heidi trained us in how to anchor and recover a bogged quad bike and Brian taught us how to recover a Hägglunds that might end up in water (they float!) by simulating a recovery on an ice bank on station.