Picture Gallery for Mon 2011-01-24 01:38:07 UTC


Click to enlargeDecanting liquid nitrogen.
Click to enlargeK1 with a cold hat (note the frost build-up).
Click to enlargeChris sawsalls the cryostat mount.
Click to enlargeGetting ready to raise the near-field beam mapper.
Click to enlargeGoing up.
Click to enlargeGoing up.
Click to enlargeJamie secures the lift.
Click to enlargeMaking adjustments.
Click to enlargeBeam mapper and cryostat in place.
Click to enlargeThe near-field beam mapper ready for action.
Click to enlargeChris under K2.
Click to enlargeSnow grooming.
Click to enlargeSnow grooming.
Click to enlargeWall-E outside the vehicle shed.
Click to enlargeSummer camp.
Click to enlargeSlump.

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(23893x2233, 7367.68 kb) A 360° panorama taken from Grid South of the Elevated Station. Most of what you see are storage berms, but we also have, starting from left:
  • Spoolhenge, the left-over spools used to ship the the IceCube strands, stacked up. If you were paying attention during my last trip down here, you've already seen one of these. They're not small.
  • The two blue, semi-circular ski huts towards which Jamie and Sarah are walking. They're named Fred and Wilma.
  • Directly south is the high-frequency antenna field, and then, partially obscured by a berm, the RADOME (radar dome).
  • The Elevated Station, at right, with the Jamesways of Summer Camp in front of it.

Click to enlargeThe ski huts.
Click to enlargeSki hut. It's a disused dorm.
Click to enlargeThe view from the back door of the hut.
Click to enlargeRADOME.
Click to enlargeThe centre of summer camp.
Click to enlargeThe Station from summer camp.
Click to enlargeCryogenics facility.
Click to enlargeHeading back to the Elevated Station.
Click to enlargeCryogenics facility.

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(13515x2403, 4646.91 kb) The two Stations: At left is the Elevated Station where I live, eat and sometimes work. The cylindrical metal structure on the right end of the station is the Beer Can. It connects the Elevated Station to the Underground Station. The two quanset-like buildings you see in the centre, mostly burried by snow are the entrances to the Underground Station, which are the left-over parts of 2nd Pole (the "old" station which more people are familiar with: the one that used to have the geodesic dome). They weren't originally underground, but have been buried by accumulation since they were first constructed. These are mostly utility structures and house things like fuel storage, the power plant, the vehicle shop, &c. At right, past the row of snowmobiles, is the cryo facility, one of the few outbuilings which remains in use over winter. It's used to store gasses and liquid cryogens (like liquid helium) for use by scientists.

Click to enlargeGetting ready for James Brown Bingo.
Click to enlargeBingo.
Click to enlargeWilliam Wallace, aka James Brown (our head chef), hosts bingo.
Click to enlargePracticing for Sastrugi cycling.
Click to enlargeJamie make a go for it. The green flag marks the starting line. The poles mark participants' best efforts. As you can see, cycling on Sastrugi is tricky.
Click to enlargeDismount.
Click to enlargeAnother attempt. Basically, as soon as you get off the groomed snow, you stop.
Click to enlargePole flag.
Click to enlargeChin-Lin competes in the sled pull.
Click to enlargeChin-Lin competes in the sled pull.
Click to enlargeSled pull. Cricket finishes a stage.
Click to enlargeThe sled loaded up with fifteen batteries (about 975 pounds / 440 kg).
Click to enlargePhil gets ready for a go.
Click to enlargePhil pulls fifteen batteries plus Chin-Lin.
Click to enlargePhil pulls fifteen batteries plus Chin-Lin.
Click to enlargeThe ECW gear donning event.
Click to enlargeThe ECW gear donning event.
Click to enlargeThe ECW gear donning event.
Click to enlargeWinners of the triathlon - men's category.
Click to enlargeWinners of the triathlon - women's category.
Click to enlargeWinners of the race up the beer can stairs - men's category.
Click to enlargeBeer can race special prize for running up the stairs in full firefighter gear.
Click to enlargeWinners of the race up the beer can stairs - women's category.
Click to enlargeWinners of the sastrugi cycling event.
Click to enlargeWinners of the sled pull event, men's category.
Click to enlargeWinners of the sled pull event, women's category.
Click to enlargeWinners of the ECW gear donning event.
Click to enlargeThe Keck medal winners:
  • Chin-Lin: bronze women's sled pull
  • Phil: gold, men's sled pull
  • Jamie: gold, men's beer can stair race; gold, sastrugi cycling; silver, men's triathlon
  • Sarah: gold, women's triathlon.
(Jamie isn't checking to make sure his medal is real gold: the medals are made out of cookies.)
Click to enlargeHeading out to MAPO on a foggy day.

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