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Big Changes

The last month has seen our numbers rise from twenty one to around seventy at Rothera.  The first aircraft were foreign planes heading to other Antarctic bases but these were soon followed by BAS’s “Dash 7” and “Twin Otters” loaded with staff for Rothera and Halley.  For the wintering team this means a lot of changes with base becoming a lot more vibrant with constantly coming planes and people as well as longer lunch queues.    I haven’t taken too many photos this month but have slowly got around to looking at some that had slipped through the net as well as processing a bit more of the timelapse I have shot over the winter.  Perhaps the random selection of photos for this month best reflects how work has felt over the last couple of weeks.  With it now not getting dark till 11pm it already seems like a long time since we had only a couple of hours of daylight.

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One that slipped through the net. The Milky Way over Ryder Bay and Mt Liotard. I think this was taken from a high bivy shortly after midwinter.

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The Dash 7 Landing at Rothera

img_8642After work beers on the veranda (yes that’s a T-shirt!) the week before the first plane arrived.

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The end result of a couple of hours work

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The digging continues – John making a start on the South door of the accommodation building.

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Another one that slipped through the net. Doc Tom about to do my midwinter dental checkup.

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Another big change! When your beard goes in your soup at morning smoko its time it went!

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Last days with the beard. Al took this of me on our winter trip – I was struggling to see my harness to tie my ropes on!

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Twin Otter facing North on the Apron. I have spent quite a bit of time recently on “fire cover” so lots of hanging around the hangar and apron.

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The start of Summer also means lots of training of new staff. Denzel – checking out an emergency shelter with the training tents in the background

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The new comms manager learning about emergency snow shelters (in this case a “snow-grave”)

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The arrival of the planes does mean some fresh fruit. My bag hanging of my peg in the bootroom. I think the Avocados have been the most popular.

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Busy times in the Hangar

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A very quiet Field Guide office with just Al on the computer. There will soon be thirteen Field guides based out of Rothera instead of just the four of us.

Also finally got around to putting some timelapse together.  A collection of stuff from around Adelaide Island post midwinter.  (Worth watching till the end for a laugh)

 

 

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Warm Water

The sea has finally warmed up along with some very hot weather and a lot of rainfall.  This means that I have actually been doing things other than climbing for once.  Sorry climbers this months photos are all watery and proof that I occasionally do other things than hang out in the mountains.  I have also managed to take some landscape photos which has fallen a little by the wayside in recent months.  IMG_1019

Sailing boat with the Cuillin of Rhum behind.  Went for a walk with Hannah today and it was meant to be torrential rain – we were a bit surprised to see this!
ArisaigpanSmall Isles from the parking spot on the walk out to Rhue.

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Dave doing well on his first grade 4 – Headbanger on spean gorge.  A great day in a beautiful gorge! (photo courtesy of Janna)IMG_0780

I have probably put a similar photo up before – an evenings paddle from work in the sound of Luing.IMG_0802Finally got around to doing one of the local canyons.  Matt going big on the first jump.
IMG_0839 On Expedition with Pete – decided to build him a friend to admire the view with.IMG_0910 Some fishing in the rain with my sister and Adam – only three fish!IMG_1619 Spent an afternoon on Belnahua on a day where it must have been 30+deg.  Belnahua is a great place to explore but all we managed was a lot of swimming in one of the old slate mines.  Mark, Hannah and Dave JumpingIMG_1635 Dave showing us how its done.IMG_1643 Finally the nights are long enough and clear enough for some night photography.  Looking North and West from just outside my bedroom!IMG_1650Looking NW.  The white spot is a yachts mast head light in the Black Isle Gap.MattfairystepsMatt working hard on Fair Steps at the start of Spean Gorge.

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