|Unloading the Ilyushin plane, 55 scientists and adventurers have a lot of stuff.|
Once the unloading was finished we could get some sleep and food and about 30 hours later, we set foot near the Princess Elisabeth station, after another 1.5 hour of noisy flying (but with very nice views). The station itself is located in an extremely impressive, wild landscape, with views in any direction of mountains, snow and ice. The building is also nice and very comfortable (Belgium can be proud of it!).
|Prof. Pattyn and Dr. Lenaerts, waiting for the flight to PE.|
|The view outside the living room.|
This afternoon, we set off with skidoos to a crevasse area, where we had security training ('what to do when a colleague falls into a crevasse'), followed by a medical training ('how to transport a wounded colleague on a sledge'). For the latter, I volunteered to be the victim, so I was packed in completely and brought back to the station on the sledge. Cool experience that was, in all its aspects, but still I hope that it won't be necessary again :)
|The victim, cold but happy.|
Tomorrow, we'll have skidoo training ('how to drive a skidoo safely in the sastrugi and crevasse-rich Antarctic terrain'), and start our preparations for the fieldwork (oh yes, we have some work to do).
Provisionary embarking date for the ice shelf will be next Tuesday. We had a quick meeting with Alain to make the most important arrangements.