Stuck on the Ice!


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  • #876
    Sciencetech
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    The ship was supposed to arrive on station today, and then depart Antarctica tomorrow with me on it. It got within 6 miles — we could see it! — but they couldn’t make it through the pack ice. We’ve had a few miles of ice crammed up against the shore for, well, almost the whole winter, and a powerful southwest wind over the past few days has compacted it more. For a while the ship itself was stuck.

    AAAAAAAAARRRRRRGGGGGHHHHHH!!!! 😥

    Generally speaking I like it here, but at the moment I really want to go home. I am so totally toast.

    The latest news is that the ship is going to wait around for 30 hours to see if the ice breaks up at all. I’m not optimistic.

    8 months and counting……

    g

    #8372
    skua77
    Keymaster

    Glenn,
    Toast? You, after only 8 months? 🙂 Know what you mean…

    I’m out of here in 6 days…again, weather permitting. We had some 25+ knot winds yesterday that cancelled all the airplanes, I’ll go out this afternoon and see if I can whistle you up a brisk east wind.

    They’ve been having 70 knot winds at Patriot Hills, did some damage to their two Twin Otters.

    #8373
    Sciencetech
    Keymaster

    @bill wrote:

    Toast? You, after only 8 months?

    Yeah… I guess I’m not as immune as I thought. But it’s really more than 8 months because I came here almost directly from MCM with only a few weeks in between. I’ve been on the Ice 12 of the last 13 months.

    Maybe something good will come out of this. At least I’m still being paid. 😉

    #8374
    Anonymous
    Member

    Ahem….Dynomite???

    #8375
    Sciencetech
    Keymaster

    One word: Hovercraft.

    :mrgreen:

    #8376
    thepooles98
    Keymaster

    Shackleton didn’t have any problem with pack ice. A lifeboat, some ropes and you should be out at the ship in no time.
    Mike

    #8377
    Sciencetech
    Keymaster

    The tourist ship Clipper Adventurer came to the rescue! Four of us headed north, arriving in Ushuaia, Argentina, the day before yesterday. Yeaaaa!
    😀

    #8378
    skua77
    Keymaster

    Good on ya!

    The RNZAF was a bit delayed as well…I left Pole on Monday and had a day in MacTown before continuing north on Wednesday. I’m currently thawing out at the Devon before heading out tramping next week…winter at Pole is finally over.

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