What kind of gear are you taking with you on the trip? Or, more specifically, how large is it, and will it also be dropped off separately? Are antennas involved?
9 January 2019 5 Days of Training Complete. The Wormherders Are Flying Into The Field Tomorrow.
Early morning hike up Observation Hill
Last day of preparation before our helicopter flight into the Dry Valleys tomorrow.
We spent today making final preparations for our 11am helicopter flight into the Dry Valleys. I have been away from home for 10 days now, and it has been one big adventure after another. But, I have a feeling that what has happened to this point will be nothing compared to what is about to happen during the next month. We will be dropped off in some of the most remote locations on the planet. Conditions could be very harsh, but I am very confident in our team's skills, experience, and abilities. Dr. Adams and Dr. Jeb Barratt have almost 40 years of Antarctic exploration so when it comes to experience, it doesn't get much better than that.
The next journal will be coming to you from the Dry Valleys (if the weather cooperates), so stay tuned as I finally get to put eyes on the locations I have heard, and dreamed about, for years now.
Hi Ryatt. I am allowed two bags. One will be my pack that I will be using to hike to our sites. I am required to always carry my ECW (extreme cold weather) gear whenever away from camp. Food, water, GPS, sunglasses, first aid kit, pee bottle, and our science equipment is general equipment taken into the field. We also took our sleep kits, tent, and I packed my computer and cameras on the helicopter for the flight.
Why does everything need to be weighed?
HI Mary. Everything needs to be weighed, included myself, to be put on the helicopter. We flew in the large C12 helicopters, but there is still a weight limit. The pilots do great work in managing the helicopter load weight and other safety issues.
Hi Mr. D,
It looks like you are having fun! Hope everything is great. Stay warm and have a good time.
-Addison Heath A2
Hi Addison. Yep, for sure, this is one of the highlights of my life for sure. Thanks for checking in on me. You also stay warm.
Longitude: 166° 40' 12" E