It Has Begun!
CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND– On October 23rd I departed for Antarctica from Boston Logan Airport with three of our team members: Jen Lamp (Boston University graduate student), Gareth Morgan (Brown University postdoctoral scholar) and Brandon Boldt (Brown University graduate student). The team met up with the remaining two field team members Kate Swanger (Colgate postdoctoral scholar) and our driller/engineer (Tanner Kuhl) in LAX.
Twenty-four hours after leaving Boston we were eating breakfast in Sydney and we finally arrived in Christchurch; the total travel time from Boston to New Zealand lasted 29 hours 32 minutes. A full day to say the least!
Tonight we will rest up at the hotel, enjoy a good meal in this beautiful city, and begin reorganizing the gear for the trip to Antarctica. Tomorrow we will head to the Clothing Distribution Center (CDC) located just a few blocks from the Christchurch International Airport to collect (and test out) our Extreme Cold Weather Gear (ECW). It has been a hectic 36 hours but the team is getting along great and I am very excited to be headed south on Tuesday if the weather holds out.