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  • Archives: December, 2008

    Skiing Castle Rock

    Posted December 7th, 2008 by celene.carillo@oregonstate.edu

    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, [...]

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    A day of tours, and an Antarctica party

    Posted December 6th, 2008 by celene.carillo@oregonstate.edu

    Date: 12-6-2008
    Location: McMurdo Station, Antarctica
    Time: 9pm
    Latitude: 77°50′46.42″S
    Longitude: 166°39′59.78″E
    Elevation: 34m (112’)
    Temperature: -3°C (27°F)
    Wind speed: 6-9 knots
    Wind Chill: -9°C (16°F)
    Visibility: Unrestricted
    Wind direction: E
    Barometric Pressure: 28.79
    Precipitation: None
    Animals: 3 Weddell seals
    Breakfast: Eggs w/ spinach and French toast
    Lunch: Turkey sandwich with lots of fresh veggies
    Supper: Roast beef, potatoes, bread.
    Today was the day of tours for me! After lunch a few [...]

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    Day-to-day, McMurdo

    Posted December 5th, 2008 by celene.carillo@oregonstate.edu

    Date: 12-5-2008
    Location: McMurdo Station, Antarctica
    Time: 10 pm
    Latitude: 77°50′46.42″S
    Longitude: 166°39′59.78″E
    Elevation: 34m (112’)
    Temperature: -5°C (22°F)
    Wind speed: 18 km/h (12 mp/h)
    Wind Chill: -14°C (7°F)
    Visibility: 11 km (12 miles)
    Clouds: Mostly cloudy
    Wind direction: East
    Relative Humidity: 41%
    Barometric Pressure: 981 hPa (28.96 in)
    Precipitation: None
    Animals: None
    Breakfast: Eggs, bacon, blueberry pastry
    Lunch: Turkey sandwich, fritos, and a pickle.
    Supper: Potato salad with apple pie for dessert.
    Today [...]

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    Snowmobiling class and hanging out at Kiwi camp

    Posted December 4th, 2008 by celene.carillo@oregonstate.edu

    Date: 12-4-2008
    Location: McMurdo Station, Antarctica
    Time: 11 pm
    Latitude: 77°50′46.42″S
    Longitude: 166°39′59.78″E
    Elevation: 34m (112’)
    Animals: 3 Waddell Seals, 1 Skua
    Breakfast: Blueberry pancakes, eggs
    Lunch: Turkey sandwich with lots of freshies!
    Supper: Steak, mashed potatoes, green beans. Mint Oreo cream pie for desert.
    Today we had lots of classes. First up at 8am was the Environmental Awareness class where we learned a bit [...]

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    A panoramic view of Happy Camper Camp, Ross Ice Shelf

    Posted December 4th, 2008 by celene.carillo@oregonstate.edu
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    Video of WAIS Divide Camp and Ice Coring Facilities

    Posted December 4th, 2008 by celene.carillo@oregonstate.edu

    Check out the great video of Dr. Kendrick Taylor of the Desert Research Institute and Chief Scientists for the WAIS Divide Ice Core project. In the 12-minute video, Taylor gives a tour of the camp, discusses the process by which ice cores are drilled and extracted from the ice sheet and explains the importance of [...]

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    Happy Camper class, part 2

    Posted December 3rd, 2008 by celene.carillo@oregonstate.edu

    Date: 12-3-2008
    Location: McMurdo Station, Antarctica
    Time: 10 pm
    Latitude: 77°50′46.42″S
    Longitude: 166°39′59.78″E
    Elevation: 34m (112’)
    Breakfast: trail mix and old oatmeal (I didn’t eat any)
    Lunch: Hummus sandwiches and potato chips.
    Supper: Roast beef, potatoes and bread
    Today was the second day of Happy Camper class. Today was less fun, but still interesting. We had a few classes on radio communication and risk [...]

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    Survival skills: Antarctica-style

    Posted December 2nd, 2008 by celene.carillo@oregonstate.edu

    Date: 12-2-2008
    Location: Ross Ice Shelf, Antarctica
    Time: 8pm
    Latitude: 77°50′22.37″S
    Longitude: 166°46′52.61″E
    Elevation: ~3m (9’)
    Breakfast: Omelette, pancakes, and JoJos.
    Lunch: Hummus + cheese sandwichs (2) and potato chips.
    Supper: “Alpinaire” dehydrated dinners (similar to Mountain House) dated
    October 31, 2001.
    Today I woke up at 6am to work on the blog a little bit before breakfast. It was so weird to stumble out [...]

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    At McMurdo Station, Antarctica…how old is the food here?

    Posted December 1st, 2008 by celene.carillo@oregonstate.edu

    Date: 12-1-2008
    Location: McMurdo Station, Antarctica
    Time: 11pm
    Latitude: 77°50′46.42″S
    Longitude: 166°39′59.78″E
    Elevation: 34m (112’)
    Temperature: -8 °C ( °F)
    Wind speed: 7-12 knots km/h ( mp/h)
    Wind Chill: -12 °C (°F)
    Visibility: unrestricted
    Clouds: partly cloudy
    Breakfast: Eggs & potatoes
    Lunch: Sandwiches
    Supper: Chili & roast beef & kiwi
    We have been quite busy all day today getting gear together & running errands. It was really nice that [...]

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    Backpacking in Abel Tasman Park

    Posted December 1st, 2008 by celene.carillo@oregonstate.edu

    Date: 11-23-2008
    Location: Medlands Beach, Abel Tasman National Park
    Time: ~9pm
    Latitude: 40°55′15.58″S
    Longitude: 173° 3′16.92″E
    Elevation: 2 m
    Precipitation: light to heavy rain throughout the day
    Animals: Birds including the New Zealand Bellbird and all black
    oystercatcher, sand flies (!).
    Breakfast: Muesli w/ dried fruit.
    Lunch: Bagels w/ lettuce, cucumber, cheese, tuna.
    Supper: Couscous with Lamb and beef sauce from pouches.
    Hiked another ~11km today. Saw [...]

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