Around Hut Point Peninsula

Even though there is a low pressure over McMurdo, the weather held and it was a nice day Saturday Nov 7. Spent the morning processing photos from the CosRay visit, then needed to get some air, so decided on some hiking. There are several hikes around McMurdo. The Ob Hill hike, which is basically a scramble up a very steep 750 foot tall pile of volcanic rock and gravel gives great views of the area, so I did that first. Then after a coffee break decided to try the Hut Point Loop hike. Turned out to be a great hike, with seals at hut point and some great views along the ridge the trail follows. Temps were in the single digits but if the wind hits you it drops well below zero with the wind chill.

Did a lot of hiking today, first up Observation Hill where I took this photo
First hike was up Observation Hill where I took this photo of Erebus and Arrival Heights
Then through town to get my photos snapped with Ivan
Then through town to get my photos snapped with Ivan the Terra Bus, which is in the shop for repairs more often than driving around town since I’ve been here.
McMurdo is pretty much a hub for logistics for all the field work that happens all over Antarctica, so there are yards full of cargo ready to go into the field
McMurdo is pretty much a hub for logistics for all the field work that happens all over Antarctica, so there are yards full of cargo ready to go into the field. Now here are two items I would really like to have at home, an explosion proof fridge, and a rocket toilet.
Then you run into these sorts of unexplained objects strewn about the landscape, somebody's experiment, but what it does I have no idea
Then you run into these unexplained objects strewn about the landscape, somebody’s experiment, but what it is I have no idea
The view are stunning on a clear day, the tallest peak is Mt Lister at 13,200 feet and 60 miles away across the sea ice. They tell me all this sea ice will all be gone by Christmas
The views are stunning on a clear day, the tallest peak is Mt Lister at 13,200 feet and 60 miles away across the sea ice. This sea ice will all be gone by Christmas and there will be open water with whales, orcas, penguins and sea leopards.
Seals basking in the 5 degree heat on the beach at Hut Point
Seals basking in the 5 degree heat on the beach at Hut Point
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More seals at Hut Point
Hiking up the steep hills on Hut Point Peninsula
Hiking up the steep hills on Hut Point Peninsula
Getting blasted by the wind at the top of the ridge, wind chill down around 20 below
Getting blasted by the wind at the top of the ridge, wind chill down around 20 below
Hut Point from up higher
Hut Point from up higher
Trail near Arrival Heights
Trail near Arrival Heights, the Erebus Glacier in the background
Erebus Glacier
Frozen pond and Erebus Glacier, you can see the trail in the distance that goes to Castle Rock, which I hope to hike tomorrow if the weather holds
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