Here are some pictures and descriptions of two short excursions I went on last week. Last Wednesday night I took a tour of the Discovery Hut, which is maybe a mile from McMurdo on Hut Point. This structure was built in 1901 by Scott’s Discovery expedition, and used later by Scott’s Terra Nova expedition, and two of Shackleton’s expeditions. The Americans dug it out in the late 1950’s when they built McMurdo. It was originally built in Australia. Over the years it has been pillaged, and now is locked and only opened for tours like the one I went on. Even with the age and vandalism, it is extremely well preserved. The first sight (and smell) when one walks inside is a rotting seal, left over from one of the expeditions. With the perennially cold temperatures, it is somewhat preserved, although it was a bit “thawed”, to put it nicely, when I was in there, as it had been above freezing for several days in January. This building was mainly used for storage and rendezvous, especially with the later expeditions, so it is mainly filled with supplies. Here are some pictures from inside:
On the next post I will have some pictures of my field trips to automatic weather stations at Pegasus and Williams airfields.