Scott Base Updates

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6 May 2020

Scott Base Update #4

Darkness is slowly, but surely taking over. We only get a bit of evening twilight now, and it doesn’t last very long! I expect our sleeping patterns will take a bit of a hit when darkness sets in full-time, but we’re prepared for that, and all doing pretty well at the moment!

An absolute highlight of last week was Lance’s fried chicken burgers- they were exceptional. While we were enjoying them, we got talking about how great the weather’s been lately, getting to a tropical -24°C that day … we had to stop for a second and think about how that might sound to everyone at home! Speaking of home, we recently acquired the capability to join Zoom meetings, and it’s been awesome catching up with family and friends. I was able to call into my niece and newphew’s 6th birthday, which was pretty special.

Recognising that NZ is in Level 2, and businesses are starting back up again, we wanted to give a shout out to a local business that is very dear to our heart at Scott Base. Earth Sea Sky is a small Christchurch business that supplies us with a kit full of under layers and ECW (Extreme Cold Weather) gear that keeps us cosy in the Antarctic summer and winter. My personal favourite is the Primaloft jacket, it’s so lightweight and warm!

Until next time,

Luke- Winter Electrician
Scott Base, Antarctica.

Scott Base Update #3

One of the more memorable moments from the last few weeks was the ANZAC service we hosted on the ice. A service like no other, it was an honour to gather together and recognise the men and women who sacrificed everything for a better future for New Zealand. We will remember them.

And with the last sunset done and dusted, the reality of winter has well and truly hit. Twilight is only just lighting our daytime now, and the clear night sky makes for incredible star gazing and aurora spotting in the evenings.

We are getting through our winter work too, which includes stuff like repairing tents and field gear for next season and giving the whole base a deep clean - just like many people are doing with their homes at the moment!

Lastly, I want to give a big shout-out to Al, our Base Support who celebrated his birthday last week. Great excuse to kick back and eat cake 😊

Stay at home and stay safe,

Luke- Winter Electrician
Scott Base, Antarctica

Scott Base Update #2

What a week! Like many people in NZ, we're getting stuck into home maintenance. The crew just finished carpeting two major parts of the base, and have now moved onto replacing lights in all our bedrooms. When the work day is over, many of us get out to see the incredible Aurora Australis light up the sky. I snapped this photo in the early hours of yesterday morning. Maybe some of you could pass lock downtime by counting the number of stars in the sky?

We have a big week ahead of us too. Our last sunset is this Friday, so we’re planning to gather as a team to watch the sun go down one last time. We wont see it again until August! We will be commemorating ANZAC day this Saturday, with a service infront of the flag pole. The ANZAC day service is always special on the ice and this year, we hope to have a friend over from McMurdo who will play the Last Post and Rouse on trumpet for us too.

Until next week,
Luke – Winter Electrician
Scott Base, Antarctica

Scott Base Update #1

Although temperatures plummeted to a chilly -52°c last week, Scott Base remained a hive of activity. While some of us re-carpeted parts of the base, others worked on our water intake system and participated in a joint Search and Rescue training scenario with our mates over at McMurdo.

Just like our whānau and friends back home, we’ve had a hankering for take-out, so our chef Lance made KFC style chicken with chips and gravy to keep the cravings at bay. Highlights of last week included the great Ross Island Easter Egg Hunt and temporarily converting one of the land cruisers into the first “official” Scott Base taxi- check out the photo!

We hope you all had a great Easter break at home and we look forward to touching base soon!

Luke- Winter Electrician
Scott Base, Antarctica