For all new expeditioners to the island (or if one hasn’t been here within the last three years) we need to do an island familiarisation trip to follow up on our pre-departure field & SAR (search and rescue) training.
Ranger-in-charge Chris Howard is trip leader for these outings as he knows the island well, having spent two years here consecutively with ANARE 66 & 67 and now eagerly back for more. These trips aim to give us our first introduction to the island terrain and plateau weather, as well as inductions to the use of field huts. It is also important for us all to be field familiar in case we have a SAR situation.
Group one were out last week — Dr Helen, Met Tech/Obs George and Electrician Ben. Please see separate story for George’s pics.
Group two are out this week — Snr Met Observer Alison, Plumber Glenn and Chef Rocket. Yes, somehow we manage to survive here on station without Rocket (full disclosure: he has cooked ahead and all we have to do is reheat…)