Finally, the time has come – I’m departing to Antarctica, for my second deployment to the ice. I’m extremely excited about getting back to work on another great project, and am looking forward to meeting my new work crew, and to working on the IDDO DISC Drill at the West Antarctic Ice Sheet Field Camp.
Getting there isn’t easy though – I’ll be traveling for the next few days, and will hopefully make it to my final spot in about a week. Here’s a brief overview of my travel to the ice:
- Dec 5 – Fly Denver, Colorado to Los Angeles, California on commercial air – American Airlines
- Dec 5 – 7 – Fly Los Angeles, California to Sydney, Australia on commercial air – Quantas Airlines
- Dec 7 – Fly Sydney, Australia to Christchurch, New Zealand on commercial air – Emirates Airlines
- Dec 7 – 9 – Stag in Christchurch, New Zealand. Go though Extreme Cold Weather Gear issue, introductions, hopefully have some free time to explore more of Christchurch
- Dec 9 – Fly Christchurch, New Zealand to McMurdo Station, Antarctica on US Military – Air Force Operation Deep Freeze on a LC-130 Hercules
- Dec 9 – ? – Spend a good amount of time in McMurdo Station, Antarctica gearing up with deep field expedition gear, go through lots of polar field survival training, go through work gear, meet crew.
- Dec 12 or so – Fly McMurdo Station, Antarctica to West Antarctic Ice Sheet Field Camp on US Air Force LC-130 Hercules
- Dec 12 0r so – Finally arrive at my final location, and maybe get some sleep, and then finally GET TO WORK!!!
Hopping on my LAX>SYD flight now. Cheers!
After two days in Christchurch, New Zealand and a bit of gear issue, the next leg of the journey is complete – this morning I flew from Christchurch, New Zealand to McMurdo Station, Antarctica aboard an LC-130 Hercules. A few pics:
At long last, here’s video of the flights from Christchurch to WAIS.