Wilkes Station, Antarctica.

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.antarctica_rorygatfied_wilkes_hagg_transport_dec13_webres  The Hagglund, our transport over to Wilkes.antarctica_rorygatfied_wilkes_hilton_hut_inside_dec13_webres  Inside the Wilkes Hilton, the accommodation. antarctica_rorygatfied_wilkes_hilton_hut_dec13_webres  Outside view of the Wilkes Hilton.  antarctica_rorygatfied_wilkes_crates_snow_dec13_webres  Some of the many things left behind as the were.antarctica_rorygatfied_wilkes_landscape_dome_ocean_dec13_webres  A weather dome, like most other buildings, left to be.antarctica_rorygatfied_wilkes_landscape_abandoned_station_dec13_webres  Most of the buildings are covered and filled with snow and ice.antarctica_rorygatfied_wilkes_landscape_3xpenguins_dec13_webres  Some Penguins, following us as we explore.antarctica_rorygatfied_wilkes_landscape_dome_dec13_webres A view of the abandoned buildings and towers.

My Flickr Photostream

I put a lot of photos up on my Flickr Page these days. So, if your wanting a look at what i’ve been making photos of, check out this set of life in and around Casey Station, Antarctica.

Click here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rgatfield/sets/72157638142222286/

Here are a couple of the latest photos i’ve made today…

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The trip down south.

We made it down to Casey station on Thursday. Big day but it’s all happening now. Yesterday a few of us have already gone out and camped in the snow overnight for the first instalment of field training. Photos from that day/night to come, but here are a few from the trip down in the plane and shortly after arriving.

Below: Wilkins Aerodrome, where we land and then start the bus/Hagg ride to Casey Station.antarctica_wilkins_airstrip_plane_runway_ice_arrival_webres

Two Hagglunds, one green, one red. One bus, named Pricilla.antarctica_transport_bus_haags_webres

The most south i have ever been, right on the Antarctic Circle. 66° 33′ 44″antarctica_antarctic_circle_60_degrees_webres

Wilkins Aerodrome, landed and getting ready for the bus ride.antarctica_wilkins_airstrip_ice_arrival_webres

Getting off the plane.antarctica_plane_ice_arrival_webres

Just before decent to land, we all got into our survival gear.antarctica_inside_plane_passengers_cabin_webres

Sea ice.antarctica_window_view_seaice_snow_iceburgs_cabin_webres

View from the window.antarctica_window_view_seaice_cabin_webres

An open cockpit on these planes.antarctica_pilots_cabin_webres

My carry on luggage, while waiting in Hobart to depart.antarctica_survival_cabin_luggage_webres

It begins today.

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.plane_antarctica_aad_southpole_casey_webres

Various photos from the AAD.

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.

aad_headquarters_webreshagglunds_tracked_aad_webres aad_larks_boat_truck_webrespolaris_tracked_aad_webres Below: a model of Casey Station.casey_model_aad_webrescasey_badge_latlong_webres