Antarctica, again.

It’s happening again. I’ve made the trip down to Casey Station for another summer in Antarctica.

We flew down a few days ago on a government Airbus A319. From Hobart to Wilkins Aerodrome, 70 kms from Casey. Inside, it’s not your usual commercial airplane. Some seats are missing for more moving around room, the cockpit is open and you can go hang out with the pilots and 40 minutes from landing on the ice we put on our full survival gear ready to step out into -15c degree temperatures.

I made a few photos of inside the plane on our trip down. Antarctic_flight_NOV2014_webres5 Antarctic_flight_NOV2014_webres4 Antarctic_flight_NOV2014_webres3 Antarctic_flight_NOV2014_webres2 Antarctic_flight_NOV2014_webres1An

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