Buried treasure

Written by Mike Stewart

From over the horizon rise two red flags...

From over the horizon rise two red flags…

This afternoon we made arrival at our fuel depot. Magical to come upon a known feature in this seemingly limitless white. It marks the start to a very industrious 24 hours for us, too. Not only do we have to do our usual science (pit measurements, sampling, etc.) but we also have to break into our cache to begin building our second weather station. These are complex and hi-tech, composed of quite amazing components powered by solar and a buried battery bank. We’ll detail each instrument for you in a post ahead.

Arr, thar be bounty here!

Arr, thar be bounty here!

For now we are going to spread out our forces and go full charge at completing the science AND re-configuring our sled loads. I leave you here with images of our arrival, dig out, and harvest of the riches buried in our depot! It’s sat here for a couple of weeks awaiting our return, and has been like a mini-Christmas to unpack. We sign off by tipping our hats to those who set caches in the far reaches of the polar regions  over the last century. It’s an amazing feeling to reconnect with critical gear. Many menhave shared this simple feeling of fulfillment.

185 gallons of gas, crates of weather station parts, engine oil, and batteries

We remember those today, with reverence and respect, who never did.

Chris breaks into the depot and begins building a weather station from the cache of parts

Chris breaks into the depot and begins building a weather station from the cache of parts

A critical resupply for our expedition

A critical resupply for our expedition

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