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Victoria University Antarctic Research Expedition Science and Logistics Reports 2002-03: VUWAE 47


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  • The hot water drilling operation can be wet especially operating in the warm part of the summer season on the ice shelf. Waterproof (but breathable) clothing gloves and footwear are required. The black diamond boots are not completely waterproof (leather-rubber seams) when it is warm and may be too hot. Keeping the liners dry is a constant problem. Our German colleagues used insulated waterproof "cordura" one-piece suits and fur lined calf length leather boots.
  • The field camp primarily consisted of ISO container wannigans.

    CRP Kitchen container on CRP sea ice sledge.

    CRP Drill Site Lab Container connected to the kitchen and used as a mess on CRP sea ice sledge.

    CRP accommodation container on CRP sea ice sledge.

    NZ10 accommodation.

    Camp Haskell Generator and fuel on CRP Aalener sledge.

    Scott Base Dive hut container used as a field laboratory.

    AWI HWD drilling equipment container on CRP sea ice sledge.

    AWI HWD on Aalener sledge.

    CRP sea ice bridge sledge.

    Two – three polar tents were also used for sleeping.

  • FOOD supplies. This event was required to support up to 12 people intermittently at camp. The camp included the Cape Roberts Project kitchen container with a new large semi professional/domestic gas stove fitted. Bulk food was drawn from the field store system in addition to a smaller quantity of food from the Scott Base kitchen supply. Food boxes were only used for emergency backup.

    The current field food allocation system does not cater for medium to large field parties (over 5 people) very well especially when operating from wannigans and semi permanent field camps. The type of bulk food supplies required is much closer to that used at Scott Base especially if bulk food is continued to be purchased in forms that are smaller packages or can be readily separated into smaller quantities e.g. free flow frozen portions.