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  1. teri Says:

    Here are notes (not transcripts) for the posts between 1-18-2011 and 1-22-2011.

    Ruschle and I went out to take albedo measurements, but the moving clouds frustrated us. Martin and Mel were having better luck with snow measurements.

    Chores: Sleep with satellite phone to keep it warm. First thing in the morning, call McMurdo. Next, melt the water — for cooking Make breakfast. Meet after breakfast and decide what to do, depending on the weather. Prepare the snow machines for the day — they have to be covered, or the engines fill up with snow. Take of f the covers, make sure they have enough fuel, etc. When back, and the snow machines are properly bedded down, one person makes dinner and the others put away the scientific instruments. It may be necessary to clean the snow out again. After dinner — see the next day’s post — the satellite phone cut out.

    Irritating when the kitchen (tent) fills up with snow. After dinner — they clean the dishes, and then divvy up sat phone time. [Short post.]

    They have to have a chainsaw to cut the snow because it is so hard-packed. They spent their time today building another snow wall around the camp so that the wind will dump the snow between that wall and the most recent one previously built, rather than on their tents. They also use heavy metal garden shovels to dig away at the snow when they need to; regular snow shovels would break quickly.

    In the 1/21/2011 post, Regina introduces us to her camp-mates: Martin, from Switzerland; Ruschle, also Swiss; Mel, Australian. Each of them speaks about the work they’re doing. Martin says the snow is very different from any other snow he’s seen. Ruschle looks at bubbles in the ice — one reason being that they trap air that is millions of years old (she says her feet are very cold, and she’s going to put toe-warmers in). Mel is a glaciologist, survival trainer, mountain guide. She is responsible for the logistics — calls this her office.

    Please post comments and questions, and people with Internet access will read them to her. She is indeed reading from prepared notes — she only gets one shot at making the posts, so she writes them out first. They’re coming up on their last week.

    Wrist warmers. Neck gaiter. Several hats. Goggles. Glove liners, and a couple of layers of gloves and mittens.

    Merino wool socks. U.S. Antarctic program issued wool socks. Boot liners, with toe warmers. Then boots. A merino layer, pants and shirt. Then several layers of wool shirts and pants, fleece shirts and pants, synthetic shirts and pants. Then Carhartts, and Big Red over all of it.

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