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Field diaries

The Mt Brown drilling camp has limited communications, but messages from the field will be reported on this website. You can track the team's location on the Garmin InReach map page: https://eur-share.inreach.garmin.com/PaulVallelonga


October 25 2017

The Aurora Australis being loaded

Greetings from Hobart! Tomorrow is the departure briefing and on Sunday 15:30 the Aurora Australia should be heading south.


October 29 2017

Boarding Aurora Australis.



Departing Hobart on Aurora Australis. Temp. 21C°, wind 345deg.

October 30 2017

The past 24 hours we've been waiting for a storm to pass. Tomorrow we continue south toward only 5m waves…

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October 31 2017

Farewell to terraferma for the next two weeks. A final view to south bruny island.


Now sailing to the west. Good conditions and excellent food! Temp 12C, wind 28kt NW.

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November 1 2017

Today Tessa gave a presentation about Mt Brown South science. Steady sailing. 4m swell, Temp 8C, Wind 16kt SW.

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November 4 2017

Knots and ropes training

Soon crossing 50S, leaving the roaring forties for the furious fifties. Training and inductions continue.

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November 7 2017

Entering another low pressure system and nearing 55 deg south. Wind 35kt NW, temp 3C, waves 7m.

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November 9 2017

A rough ride as we run from another low pressure system. Wind 29kt N, air +2C, sea -0.1C, 955hPa

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November 11 2017

Approaching the fast ice! Surrounded by icebergs, brash ice, snow petrels and many avid photographers!

November 14 2017

Arrived at Davis station today! Helicopters deployed & soon starting station resupply. Sunshine, air temp -4 C°.

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November 21 2017 - Resupply

Unloading cargo from the ship onto a waiting skidder truck.

The past 7 days have been busy with resupply of Davis station. The Aurora Australis parked in the sea ice about 1.6 km from the station and a cargo transport area was established on the sea ice beside the ship.

Fuel, water, cargo and expeditioners have been transferred. Tomorrow the ship heads back to Hobart, while we begin to check and organise our field equipment.

Weather good and clear. Little cloud. Low winds <10kts, Min/Max -12/-4ºC.