I am Currently doing a season down at Casey Station in Antarctica. Working with the Australian Antarctic Division for the summer. Over the bay, 1.5 miles North of here, is Wilkes. We use it as a field hut for trips away for the night, or weekend.
Wilkes station was established as a research base on the 29th of January 1957 by the USA. On the 7th of February 1959 it was transferred over to Australian control and used as their station until they occupied the new Casey station in 1969.
Here are some pics i have from one of these trips. The Hagglund, our transport over to Wilkes. Inside the Wilkes Hilton, the accommodation. Outside view of the Wilkes Hilton. Some of the many things left behind as the were. A weather dome, like most other buildings, left to be. Most of the buildings are covered and filled with snow and ice. Some Penguins, following us as we explore. A view of the abandoned buildings and towers.
Up at 2am, 4 and a half hours on a plane, landing on ice, 3 and a half on a bus named ‘Prisilla’ that has tracks instead of wheels. Arriving at Casey Station. Inductions, tours and kitting. Now almost 24 hours later, its time to sleep. I will have many more photos as time goes on.
I thought this one was fitting as you don’t see many planes going that way on the destination map.
I’ve just finished a few weeks of training at the Australian Antarctic Division in Hobart, Tasmania. Here are a few pics snapped on the Iphone while finding my way around the place. Some are of the vehicles that will be down south, depending on the station.
We are due to fly down to Wilkins runway and onto Casey Station tomorrow morning.