Tuesday, January 03, 2017

A day trip to the Howard Glacier

Spent yesterday sampling the Howard Glacier with Renee, a camp manager at Lake Hoare. She has a generous spirit and has made science in the valleys easy.  It was a fantastic day for a helicopter ride and a sampling trip, but we had to hike completely off of the glacier to find water running from the terminus. We both not-so-secretly wished that our ride would not come back and that we would have to hike 10 miles back to camp. There is something about this place that merits walking long distances. It is hard to place. 

Antartica's explorers are
the carpenters and the cooks
the poets and the pilots
the mountaineers and the mechanics
the scientists and the shuttle drivers
Snowblindness, crampons, pitons
filtering, acidifying, analyzing
choreography, chromatography, chamelography
far, far away, in a magical place
a conjuring, a voyage
that is now, but that won't fade

Renee & I were dropped off on the Howard Glacier near a met station.
 No water was flowing in these channels after a few cloudy days

Pretty breezy up on the Howard, but removed most of my layers lower on the glacier.

Renee is looking past the Howard Glacier back toward the Suess.

A view of Canada Glacier (our camp) from the Howard Glacier

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