Saturday, December 11, 2010

BYRD Deep Field Camp

Thanksgiving dinner

I was on the second flight scheduled to go to BYRD to set up the camp. We ended up being delayed about two and a half weeks and so ended up spending Thanksgiving out there. The five carppenters on the first flight had there hands full. After being delayed they discovered that crates had been blown off the winter berm during the winter. These are very heavy crates. Three crates containing Kuma stoves were completely destroyed. The carps spent three entire days digging boxes out of the snow. Yea, lots of fun. Then they had condition one weather for a couple of days where you can't leave your tent let alone work. They had been there for a total of two weeks when the weather got better and allowed another four of us to come in. The camp was very happy to see us. We were lucky and had pretty good weather and were able to finish setting everything up in a week.

Thanksgiving spread in the galley. Rob and Tom were amazing cooks

Tent City

My tent

One of the outhouses

Setting up Jamesway vestibule

Setting up the "Tweedy" tent

Setting up the Galley RAC tent

The "Chief", the carps warming tent and hang out place

Havoc on the winter berm

BYRD Carps

Sparky, Laramie, Wyoming


George Harrison, Gunnison, CO

Grey Davis, Sandpoint, Idaho

Kristen Lamberson digging "deadmen"

Rob Holtry, St. Louis, MO, previously Key West

Jeremy Stephens, Wyoming

Ben Satterwhite, Ops GA


Tim Burns, Montana

Kristin Lambertson, aka Sparky

Grey Davis

Rob Holtry

George Harrison

Aaron Barbee

Jeremy Stephens

Carpenters waiting for the Air Force C-130 to take them back to McMurdo

Monday, November 22, 2010

Ob Tube (Observation Tube)

Robyn with our bikes and the dicovery hut, McMurdo and Ob Hill in the background.

Still trying to fly to BYRD deep field camp after a week of moostly weather delays, but I think that we may actually fly today.

Last friday Robyn C. (also known as Robyn with a "Y", as there are two Robyns/Robins in the Carp Shop who happen to be roommates) and I got a what would normally be an ordinary work order of fixing a window in a fish hut next to the Ob Tube.

It was a beautiful day. We took a shuttle as close as we could get to hut point and then walked down. We investigated the situation and then walked the fifteen minutes back to the Carp Shop. We did this twice and then went to lunch. After lunch Robyn had the idea to bike back to the hut which we did. Pretty nice day already, but it gets better. While we were there, the divers showed up and were preparing to dive and so we went down in the Ob Tube to watch them underwater. We photographed them , and they photographed us. Some days are better than others and this one was amazing. Well, I'm off to BYRD like a prom dress after a quick breakfast in the galley.

Waiting to go in the Ob Tube on a different day.

Robyn and her new seal friend in fish hut #6

The divers getting suited up in their dry suits

My pictures of the divers taken from the Ob Tube

Us inside the Ob Tube. It hangs about twenty feet below the ice. It really is just a big tube. Not thre best picture. You can see Robyn, my hat, but Val is obscured. The tube is not real big. Tight with two, so with three it is a wee bit cozy.
The diver's pictures.

Good work if you can get it!

Sunday, November 14, 2010


I've been working for a few days in one of the fish huts on the sea ice. These huts have a dive hole where the scuba divers in dry suits can enter the water and study the underwater sea life. It becomes a convenient breathing hole where the seals can come up for air. A few came up to say hello while we were there. Some get scared and make a hasty exit when they see people, but some are not so shy. Damn cute those seals.

Views of Erebus and Other Things

Open water on the Ross sea. The ice edge is about 19 miles from McMurdo which is pretty close for this time of the year. Photo by Travis Moose

Nick Salava doing work high up. Photo by Travis Moose

Wrecked helocopter on the side of Mt. Erebus. The crash occured in 1971, and no one was hurt. Photo by Travis Moose

Nice photo of the Erebus Ice Tongue by Travis Moose

Erebus from the sea ice

The view of Erebus from Happy Camper

Big Razorback on the sea ice with Erebus in the background. The dot in front of the island is Big Razorback camp which is made up of about four fish huts. The researchers study seals there.

Cape Evans with the road leading to Cape Evans Hut. This was Shackleton's hut. There are two big icebergs protuding from the sea ice in the foreground.

Return to Mt. Erebus

This has been a great week. I got to go back to Mt. Erebus. Erebus is the most southern active volcano in the world. We were above 13,000 feet, but it wasn't as windy as the last trip.

The Lower Erebus Hut is only a few minutes walk from the fumeroles which are staem vents that create these crazy shapes. Photos by Travis Moose

Me, a fumerole and Erebus

The Lower Erebus Hut