Sunday, December 7, 2008

McMurdo Station - Dec 7, 2008 - Logan

Logan Mitchell

Date: 12-7-2008
Location: McMurdo Station, Antarctica
Time: 1:00am
Latitude: 77°50'46.42"S
Longitude: 166°39'59.78"E
Elevation: 34m (112’)
Temperature: -2°C (28°F)
Wind speed: 6 knots
Wind Chill: -6°C (21°F)
Visibility: Unrestricted
Wind direction: E
Relative Humidity:
Barometric Pressure: 28.785
Precipitation: None
Animals: None
Brunch: Pancakes, eggs, fresh fruit (pineapple & watermelon!!)
Supper: Pork & salmon, scalloped potatoes, bread.

Tim and I rented skis and went skiing today around the ~10 mile Castle Rock loop. Well, I guess that isn’t all true. I didn’t check to make sure that my bindings fit my skis (I was assuming that they would work since there weren’t that many pairs of skis) which they didn’t. I guess I had x-country skis and skate ski boots. So, I ran most of the way with skis strapped to my backpack while Tim skied (he felt sorry for me so he let me use his skis for awhile). It was a surprisingly nice run!

Marie, Susanne, and I are scheduled to fly tomorrow so I wanted to describe what it is like to get ready for a flight. All of the luggage on a flight is palletized on a large pallet so to speed the process up you have to “check in” the night before, but it is called “bag drag”. When you fly you have to be wearing all of your ECW (Extreme Cold Weather) gear which includes the large down jacket (big red), bunny boots (the funny lookin white boots), snow bib, warm hat, and glacier glasses. So, when you bag drag, you have to drop off everything you have except your ECW gear and whatever you can fit in a small carry on. That is all you have to wear for that night and, if your plane is canceled then it is all you will have for a day or two until they take your gear off of the large pallet. Lets just hope that our flight actually gets out tomorrow.

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