|Christchurch Cathedral still showing the damage of the earthquake.
I have been on station for about two and a half weeks now, and it is almost a month since I left the UK. The journey down was a long one; Heathrow to Dubai, Dubai to Sydney and they Sydney to Christchurch. The original plan had been a stop over of a couple of days in Christchurch, but weather delays and issues with aircraft meant this became a week. This gave me the opportunity to relax, and explore the city and local area.
|Street art in Christchurch, in this case on the side of the cinema.
|The flight South on the C-17. Not a small aircraft.
|The view down to McMurdo from the top of Observation Hill. Discovery point is the low promontory on the back left of the picture.
|Scott's Discovery Point hut with McMurdo Sound (still frozen solid) and the Ross Ice Shelf in the background.
|Some tasty snacks remain in Discovery Point hut.
The current plan is that next week myself and three others will make up a reconnaissance group to be flown to the proposed sites on Thwaites Glacier to check for crevassing and, if suitable, start setting up camp. The first step will be to fly to Waste Divide; field camp and logistics hub similar in function to (but much larger in scale) Sky Blu. This had actually been planned for the middle of last week. However, the weather has been poor, and all the flights to Waste were delayed. This is the Thanks giving weekend which on an American base is a holiday meaning that nothing will be happening until Monday at least. The weather forecast is still pretty mixed after that, and so I am not sure when we will actually make it out into the field.