Well, that couldn’t have gone better even if we did have weather gods to pray to! 7 Twin Otter flights in 5 days moved 20 incoming expeditioners and two outgoing, as well as approximately two tonnes of cargo, so the summer season at Mawson could begin. Sunshine all the time with hardly any wind for almost a week, as well as a fantastic effort from all here and support from all at Davis, on the AA and the KBA crew, made it all possible.
After weeks on the ship waiting to get here, our new expeditioners have hit the ground running. Both blue Hagg and the broken ute are in the workshop and will hopefully be back in service soon after a huge effort from Team Dieso (Nate, Peter and Amy).
Work on the Balloon building has begun for Trent and Chris and should take most of the summer to complete. Keiran is getting busy in the stores and Tom is fixing our broken Red Shed window. We have a larger than normal trades team here this summer and they have a full dance card of work to complete during their brief season.
Project teams also arrived, some for longer than others. Year Round Access and Tide Gauge teams are here only for a week or so before returning to Davis for the remainder of summer. The Bird team of Anna and Marcus have started their field work out at the Rookery Islands today with the Adélies, and Arts Fellows Jane and Jesse are acclimatising and getting the lay of the land.
To celebrate all arrivals and welcome the new faces a “Welcome to Summer” BBQ was held on Monday evening after the last flight, with extra-special new resident Stay as guest of honour, and the weather mild enough for hanging on the blizz tail and playing badminton. Yes, we had that little wind we could play badminton!