Greetings Sitrep Subscribers,
It was all hands on deck today as the team (including Yours Truly) hit the huts this afternoon with the intention of removing as much snow and ice as possible.
It was still very windy and that meant we couldn’t get the power tools out, so it was the good ol’ shovel and spades. Ain’t nuthin’ like putting a few vertebrae out while trying to stand upright in 60kmph winds and minus 13C (minus 25C with the wind chill today too).
So, the team is slowly but surely making some progress and we’re anticipating even lighter winds tomorrow afternoon and Saturday, which will make life marginally easier.
It’s good to get outdoors, to be honest: these four small walls can become claustrophic and some fresh air – some VERY F-R-E-S-H air, no matter how cold or blowy – is actually quite invigorating, if indeed it does leave one’s face very weather-beaten. It’s a sod to photograph in, however, even with a tripod.
Anyway, the southern plane of the roof of Mawson’s main hut is becoming more exposed and with a bit more ice removal, the heritage carpenters Ted and Marty, suitably aided by trades assistant Psycho Chris and our team leader and conservation expert Ian can then begin to overclad the most important part of the roof, something which everyone is keen to see ASAP, being the most fragile part of the roof.
Primary works program issues aside, life in the Sorensen has settled into a steady routine. Our waking day is generally a few hours behind what we’re normally used to back home (i.e. up late, breakfast around noon or 1pm; lunch as late as 4.30pm and then evening meal around 9.30 or 10pm), partly because the wind is almost always worse first thing in the morning and then eases off. So, no point in putting in a show much before 11am if it can be helped. Besides, our double-barrelled sleeping bags are about the only warm place first thing in the morning and even indoors the room temp is well and truly sub-zero. The lowest temp inside has been about minus 20C (good job there’s no wind chill indoors) and all I can say is we’re all very happy having the small portable gas heaters to hand.
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Till tomorrow, friends and worldwidewebwatchers.