Thu 12/20: Got on board the Dash-7 around 9:00 a.m. together with outgoing field operations manager Andy Barker, field assistant Roger Stilwell, scientists Beth Davies, Mike Hambrey, and Daniel Farinotti, and the flight crew of pilot Phillipe Leblanc and mechanic Chad Jones. We landed in Punta Arenas around four hours later. We were all staying at the Diego de Almagro hotel so we all piled into a van from the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) contractor AGUNSA. Later that afternoon, we all visited station support assistant Neil Malcolm who had injured his back skiing a couple of weeks earlier, and was making a fantastic recovery at a local hospital. Made a quick visit to the DAMCO warehouse to check on batteries. That evening I joined the other Dash-7 passengers for a fine dinner at La Marmita as they were all flying out of Punta Arenas early the next morning.
Fri 12/21: Went over to the DAMCO warehouse and, with the help of a couple of AGUNSA workers, located the two batteries in the AGUNSA warehouse that I had tried to give Chris Hill of the Lake Ellsworth drilling project that he was unable to use. Added these two to the other six we had found in the DAMCO warehouse back in October. Arranged with Dave Morehouse to have these eight batteries sent to Tamsin Gray in Rothera on the next Gould cruise to back fill the five she had given me, plus to pay back Rothera for the other materials (poles, brackets, etc.) I had acquired during my stay.
Sat 12/22: Logged into AMIGOS-6 from the hotel, updated some program files, and downloaded the first two Sony images of the work crew. Posted the Sony images and sent an email to Ash Fusiarski pointing him to the images. Checked out of the hotel and walked over to the DAMCO warehouse. Met the DAMCO liason Marcella, loaded my gear into the DAMCO van, was driven to the airport, and was assisted by Marcella through the baggage check-in procedure including the payment of excess baggage charges. The flight to Santiago with a short stop in Puerto Montt was uneventful, as was the 4-hour layover in Santiago. I boarded my flight to Dallas at 10:30 p.m.
The first Sony camera images of the repair team (minus Terry) captured by AMIGOS-6. Left to right: Phil Harle, Jim Scott, Ash Fusiarski, Ian (Cheese) Rudkin, and Al Howland.
Sun 12/23: The ten-hour flight from Santiago to Dallas was also uneventful. Made it through customs ok and even had time for some breakfast. Flew on to Denver arriving at 9:45 a.m., and just made it to the 10:25 a.m. bus to Boulder. My son Alex picked me up at the Table Mesa Park-n-Ride and, after a quick visit with my wife Sue at home, I dropped off my equipment at NSIDC. Ted was at work (of course) and he congratulated me on a successful field season.
Mon 12/24: Sometime between 2012/12/23 2000 UTC and 2012/12/24 1200 UTC, a 1000-foot iceberg calved off the ice shelf about 2 miles from AMIGOS-6 on Cape Disappointment.
The right side of these AMIGOS-6 images show a 1000-foot iceberg calving off the ice shelf 2 miles southwest of the AMIGOS-6 tower. The event occurred between the time the second and third images were acquired. The earlier first image and later fourth image are included because they have better illumination.