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The labyrinth at Rothera

November 17, 2012
At the bottom of the entrance tunnel, Terry pauses before starting the exploration of the labyrinth of passages.

At the bottom of the entrance tunnel, Terry pauses before starting the exploration of the labyrinth of passages.

Terry writes:

Retrieved items from the hangar we that we unloaded from yesterday’s flight to Scar Inlet, including AMIGOS-4. Made a short excursion with Ash and Daniel to “The Crevasse,” a few hundred meters up “The Ramp” which is the steep slope west of the hangar. After a short skidoo, we put on crampons, harness, and “jingle-jangles” (Rothera-speak for carabiners and other climbing gear), and rappelled down a near vertical ten-meter tunnel. Then we made our way along a fixed roped route, crawling at times, through a narrow labyrinth of spectacular ice formations. Many thanks to Ash who led our our little group, including more-or-less hauling me back up the entrance tunnel; and to Daniel for taking the accompanying photos.

Ash briefs Terry on the rappel down the tunnel.

Ash briefs Terry on the rappel down the tunnel.

Ice formations reminiscent of stalactites and stalagmites in rock caves.

Ice formations reminiscent of stalactites and stalagmites in rock caves.

Beautiful cathedral-like ceiling along the route.

Beautiful cathedral-like ceiling along the route.

Terry nears the end of the labyrinth near the tunnel entrance.

Terry nears the end of the labyrinth near the tunnel entrance.

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