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    will
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    Well what a cool evening, today 17 of us ventured out for a little hiking
    and winter fun..

    On our trip we were transported by “PISTEN BULLY'S” a German tracked
    vehicle, these are the newest in the fleet of Antarctic snow vehicles.. They
    are tracked and can seat 8 conferrable..

    Starting our trip we headed out towards Scott Base, we took the road towards
    Silver City, this is a place where during the winter you can take a short
    vacation and spend a night or two out there, conditions are primitive but
    the scenery is amazing…

    Next on to Castle Rock, passing the New Zealand ski hill we start to ascend,
    a few hundred feet in elevation later we arrive at the base of Castle Rock,
    ground elevation here is about 1000ft AMSL. To the summit of the Rock is
    another 300ft.

    We start to hike from where we parked the 2 pisten bully's. The weather is
    ok, temps are around +2F to -5F, but the winds are getting high as we
    approach the turn before we head towards the summit.. It looking like its
    not a good idea to go all the way to the top so we get only about 1/4th of
    the way up the side.. we sit and chat for a few min. There really isn't much
    to see at this point, the snow is blowing heavily and visibility is about
    100 yards..

    The walk up the hill has been fun, most of the people that came along really
    didn't have the right foot wear to make this hike.. There was at points
    12 -14 inches of fresh loose snow, and other places ice and rock.. I was the
    only one in the group that brought trekking poles.. for those of you who
    have know idea what trekking poles are they look like ski poles that
    collapse and re designed for mountain climbing..Well the $40 i paid for them
    was well worth it today. not once did i fall… one of the ladies in my
    group who earlier in the day took care of me at the hospital when i went to
    see them about my cold had a bit of a problem with loose footing.. so i
    loaned her one of my poles.. they make such a big difference.. its like
    walking with 4 legs instead of 2….

    Well now the fun part came, on the way back down everyone pulled the parka
    they were wearing under their butt' s and slid down the hill… Woo hooo
    what a ride.. everyone's inner-child was screaming to get out..Then a small
    snowball fight and we were on our way…

    On the way down we jumped back in the pisten bully's and headed towards
    town.. on the way back down we stopped at one of the “APPLES” these are
    survival huts along the trail. We stayed there a few minutes and headed back
    towards town.. it was a nice 3 hours trip.. i hope to do it again when the
    view is better…

    Christopher Post
    ________________________________
    United States Antarctic Program
    McMurdo Station Antarctica
    Lehigh County Emergency Management
    Allentown, PA
    ________________________________
    E-Mail : n3sig@arrl.net
    Amateur Radio: N3SIG / ZL5CP
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    #1559
    will
    Keymaster

    Well what a cool evening, today 17 of us ventured out for a little hiking
    and winter fun..

    On our trip we were transported by “PISTEN BULLY'S” a German tracked
    vehicle, these are the newest in the fleet of Antarctic snow vehicles.. They
    are tracked and can seat 8 conferrable..

    Starting our trip we headed out towards Scott Base, we took the road towards
    Silver City, this is a place where during the winter you can take a short
    vacation and spend a night or two out there, conditions are primitive but
    the scenery is amazing…

    Next on to Castle Rock, passing the New Zealand ski hill we start to ascend,
    a few hundred feet in elevation later we arrive at the base of Castle Rock,
    ground elevation here is about 1000ft AMSL. To the summit of the Rock is
    another 300ft.

    We start to hike from where we parked the 2 pisten bully's. The weather is
    ok, temps are around +2F to -5F, but the winds are getting high as we
    approach the turn before we head towards the summit.. It looking like its
    not a good idea to go all the way to the top so we get only about 1/4th of
    the way up the side.. we sit and chat for a few min. There really isn't much
    to see at this point, the snow is blowing heavily and visibility is about
    100 yards..

    The walk up the hill has been fun, most of the people that came along really
    didn't have the right foot wear to make this hike.. There was at points
    12 -14 inches of fresh loose snow, and other places ice and rock.. I was the
    only one in the group that brought trekking poles.. for those of you who
    have know idea what trekking poles are they look like ski poles that
    collapse and re designed for mountain climbing..Well the $40 i paid for them
    was well worth it today. not once did i fall… one of the ladies in my
    group who earlier in the day took care of me at the hospital when i went to
    see them about my cold had a bit of a problem with loose footing.. so i
    loaned her one of my poles.. they make such a big difference.. its like
    walking with 4 legs instead of 2….

    Well now the fun part came, on the way back down everyone pulled the parka
    they were wearing under their butt' s and slid down the hill… Woo hooo
    what a ride.. everyone's inner-child was screaming to get out..Then a small
    snowball fight and we were on our way…

    On the way down we jumped back in the pisten bully's and headed towards
    town.. on the way back down we stopped at one of the “APPLES” these are
    survival huts along the trail. We stayed there a few minutes and headed back
    towards town.. it was a nice 3 hours trip.. i hope to do it again when the
    view is better…

    Enjoy
    Chris

    Christopher Post
    ________________________________
    United States Antarctic Program
    McMurdo Station Antarctica
    Lehigh County Emergency Management
    Allentown, PA
    ________________________________
    E-Mail : n3sig@arrl.net
    Amateur Radio: N3SIG / ZL5CP
    _______________________________

    The information contained in this message is privileged and private and may
    contain information that is exempt from disclosure under applicable law. It
    is intended for the sole use of the individual or entity named or their
    designee. If the reader of this message is not the intended recipient, you
    are on notice that any review, use, disclosure or distribution of this
    message in any form, is prohibited. If you received this message in error,
    please immediately notify the sender by reply e-mail and destroy all
    copies of the original message.

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