Ice and Medicine at the end of the earth

Climbing Castle Rock

It was gorgeous weather on Monday with warm temperatures and little wind.  Adam, Joel, Colin and I decided to hike castle rock after work.  With 24 hours of daylight there was no pressure from the setting sun.  We grabbed a quick dinner and then set out on the eight mile hike.  The hardest part was the steep hill out of town.  Like all other trails around base, it was marked with flags.  The visibility made the rock look close, but it was still 4 miles away.

You can see castle rock in this photo.  Below it is one of the rescue shelter “apples.”  That is stocked with survival gear, stove and food in case of bad weather.

There are ropes set up along the course to provide an easy way to navigate the trail and rock.

This picture is looking back toward the Royal Society Mountain Range.

The view from the top was spectacular.  You could see for miles.  The sea ice has melted all the way to Cape Evans.  In a prior post, I showed pictures of a frozen Cape E and Scott’s hut.  It looks like Cape Evans is now surrounded by open water, or it will be soon.

Look for three floating icebergs in the center of the picture above.

The photo above is looking back toward town.  You might be able to make out the straight trail in the middle of the picture.  We climbed down and hiked back to McMurdo.  The hike back was less exciting, but continued to provide amazing views.  I will never tire of the scenery!

There are new questions from AFSA about ice, global warming and T.J.’s research.  He is responding to these questions from LA.  We have reversed the order of “Questions Answered” on the right hand side of the home page so that the newest questions and answers are on the top.  Feel free to submit your own questions and we will do our best to answer them.  T.J. should be back on the ice at the end of December to bring us photos of WAIS divide!

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One response

  1. What an adventure you are having, Jessie and T.J. This is all amazing stuff. Glad to see you enjoying the blinding cold down south!

    December 20, 2010 at 9:06 PM

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