McMurdo Ice Shelf, Antarctica

Ice Shelf Travel Camping

A party of five glaciologists are supported by the staff of Scott Base during deployment of a field camp near Minna Bluff, some 70 km from the base. These images show the range of transport and living arrangement during our 1-month stay in the field, from mid-November to mid-December 2010.

Ice Shelf Travel Camping
A pair of Hägglunds (a Swedish built military style tracked vehicle) crossing the McMurdo Ice Shelf.
Ice Shelf Travel Camping
Skidoos on the McMurdo Ice Shelf with White Island in the background.
Ice Shelf Travel Camping
Bulldozer towing our living quarters, a wannigan, on sledges across the McMurdo Ice Shelf.
Ice Shelf Travel Camping
The camp site is now established, with orange sleeping tents and a faded yellow toilet tent on the right (the red flag indicates occupancy!). The alignment of the tents is to minimise drifting of snow.
Ice Shelf Travel Camping
Hägglunds and wannigan facing into the prevailing wind (southerly), with extinct volcano, Mt Discovery, in the background.
Ice Shelf Travel Camping
Out in the field during field training; the glaciologists have lunch on a moraine on the ice shelf.
Ice Shelf Travel Camping
Towards the end of the season there was a switch of personal using helicopter support. Here the aircraft is approaching the heavily drifted camp.
Ice Shelf Travel Camping
The helicopter shuts down while the scientific team discusses future field operations, before two of the party are returned to Scott Base.
Photos Michael Hambrey, November and December 2010.