|Our heavy counterpart operated by 109th AW from the NY ANG|
|I promise you, in the picture are the two largest runways (one ice, one skiway) |
on the continent.
|Flying out through the Trans-Antarctic Mountain Range|
|Glacier ice falls near the Skeleton Glacier|
So off we flew. An uneventful takeoff on a decent day, about 6,000' overcast--off to the cache we flew, about 170 miles away.
|Some major crevices as we approach the glacial snow field at Cape Lankester|
|An old fuel cache we're picking up. Each one is about 400 lbs of fuel (55 Gallon)|
|Tail on my first Otter landing|
|Atop the glacier. No runways out here.|
|The first of many more to follow.|
|The back end of the Otter with half the cached fuel drums|
|Taxiing to the fuel pits back at Pegasus|
|A lone Emperor checking out flight ops.|
|A small group of Emperors along the ice road to the airfield.|
There's a nice 3 mile loop around Observation Hill (or Ob Hill) that I opted for. It's one of the bare exposed trails so I didn't need crampons or anything for snow so it is one of the preferred routes for me. It also leads down to the sea ice edge where right now there is a nice spot of open water for the Seals to come up and hand out by. There are Weddell Seals which are unique to Antarctica here. About 8 were hanging out when I came by. Larger groups in the 100's are further out on the ice but outside of camera range.
|Wind at work over the years on the boulders along the trail.|
|Hiking around "Ob Hill" loop after work to unwind.|
|Open water and Weddell Seals at the base of Ob Hill|
|A Weddell Seal catching some rays|