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Pitching pyramid tents

November 2, 2012
Terry attends camping training in near Rothera Station. Although researchers like Terry have camped on Antarctic ice many times, they have to attend this training to refresh their skills.

Terry Haran participates in camping training in near Rothera Station. Although researchers like Terry have camped on Antarctic ice many times, they have to refresh their skills before each expedition.

Terry writes:

Spent the morning on field training with field assistant Ian Hey, learning about British Antarctic Survey camping procedures and equipment. Then in the afternoon Ian and the other students in my group, including Mike Hambrey, Bethan Davies, and Alex Brisbourne, traveled by snow tractor about six kilometers up “The Ramp” to the field training area next to “The Kaboose.”

We pitched two “pyramid tents” (called “Scott tents” in the US program), wherein my tent mate Alex and I cooked dinner, talked about 60s rock groups (of which he was surprisingly knowledgeable despite being only 39 years old), and went to sleep.

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