A Late Update: Winding Down at Erebus

A Late Update: Winding Down at Erebus

Somehow, the end-of-the-season post from Nial on Erebus was shoved under a pile of papers on our desk. But now, and not too late we hope, it’s resurfaced. Here is a belated update (from a few weeks ago) detailing the end of the field season on Erebus for 2012-2013. Everyone’s off the ice now and on their way to their respective homes. Here’s how the last few weeks went for Nial:

The season is starting to wind down now with only six of us left up on the volcano. I only have until the 8th January up on Erebus, so it is now a last minute rush to get everything finished off! The new power system has been working flawlessly (well pretty much!) for a few weeks now, and today the last of the old system got removed. The thermal camera system has a few strange bugs in it, which I have so far failed to track down. It is working reliably enough though, and I’m confident that it will continue to record images until the power runs out (or all year, if the wind generators survive).

Laying Cable: Aaron and Kevin spooling the new power cable out from the crater rim. We ended up using 8 of these drums to get from the crater down to Nausea Knob where the batteries and solar panels are. Each drum weighed 95 lbs!

Laying Cable: Aaron and Kevin spooling the new power cable out from the crater rim. We ended up using 8 of these drums to get from the crater down to Nausea Knob where the batteries and solar panels are. Each drum weighed 95 lbs!

Nial splicing two of the sections of cable together

Nial splicing two of the sections of cable together

We have bad weather for the past week, so not much work outside has got done. Yesterday it cleared though, and now it is glorious! The list of things to do has been drawn up, and now that the good weather has arrived everyone is rushing around trying to get things finished. Yeti (a ground penetrating radar robot – see this link) finally arrived yesterday after being delayed for 5 weeks! So the cave team is out late tonight taking radar data at Warren Cave.

One of the AvoScanners at the crater rim. I was using it to look for SO2 in the fumerole field you can see in the background.....there wasn't any.

One of the AvoScanners at the crater rim. I was using it to look for SO2 in the fumerole field you can see in the background…..there wasn’t any.

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