On the 8th of November, Griff (Casey radio operator), David &
Trevor started to build 3 igloos on a small ridge opposite the station
and with a good view over Brown's Bay. The idea of building an igloo
hadn't occured to me before so I did a 'copy cat', begining with
a bit of research on the web about how to build an igloo. My research
told me that the traditional way was to make the wall an inward
facing spiral that slowly closed up the roof. Luckily the snow was
very hard and packed so that all that was required for carving it
up and making blocks was a small saw and a shovel. I started a 'quarry'
making flat bricks and shaped the edges with the saw. Each brick
faced a little bit more inwards than the previous one and to stop
it falling in, I carved it so that it lent on the adjacent one.
I worked on the Igloo in the evenings after tea. There was sufficient
light to work to about 10pm before the wind picked up and my hands
& gloves got too covered in ice.
I found building my igloo quite a pleasurable experience, 'Zen
Therapy', because it allowed me to think about all sorts of things.
It's a bit like chopping wood, a method of venting frustrations
and also thinking at the same time while releasing the frustrations
from being at Casey waiting for the aircraft to arrive.
In addition to building an Igloo I worked on testing the Penguin
Population Camera to make sure that it could withstand Antarctic
Blizzards up to 200kph or more. Luckily we had a decent blizzard
that topped out at 160kph. My method of holding the camera down
to the rocks with red rock mats seemed to work well. I also managed
to get a sequence of pictures that I made an interestling timelapse