Hike to Castle Rock

Sunday November 8th I took a hike to Castle Rock with Chris Kenry who is a planning support coordinator for the ASC. Castle Rock is a well known landmark on Ross Island, and one of the places where we can safely do an extended hike. Early in the season the route is checked with ground penetrating radar for crevasses, then flagged. We did an 8 mile up and back hike, but it is possible to do a longer loop hike which ends up at New Zealand’s Scott Base. Next time.

Flagged route toward Castle Rock. There are 2 safety shelters, called "apples" along the route, the first one seen on the left here.
Flagged route toward Castle Rock. There are 2 safety shelters, called “apples” along the route, the first one seen on the left here.
Surface of the Erebus Glacier, deceptively safe looking, but there are crevasses which get bridged over with snow but can give way when stepped on.
Surface of the Erebus Glacier, deceptively safe looking, but there are crevasses which get bridged over with snow and can give way when stepped on.
Castle Rock wth 12,448 foot Mount Erebus behind. Erebus is the southern most active volcano on earth.
Castle Rock wth 12,448 foot Mount Erebus behind.
Surly snow bikes, a great way to do this route, but there are only a few of these bikes on station and competition for use of them is high.
Surly snow bikes, a great way to do this route, but there are only a few of these bikes on station and competition for use of them is high.
It's getting closer. Distance and scale is very deceptive here, and what looks like a 10 minute walk usually takes an hour.
It’s getting closer. Distance and scale is very deceptive here, and what looks like a 10 minute walk usually takes an hour.
Famous Polar Explorer in front of Castle Rock.
Famous Polar Explorer in front of Castle Rock.
The view from Castle Rock is pretty amazing, with Erebus on left and Mount Terror on the right covered in clouds.
The view from Castle Rock is pretty amazing, with Erebus on left and Mount Terror on the right covered in clouds. The flagged trail on the right leads to New Zealand’s Scott Base.
Brief warm-up break at an apple.
Brief warm-up break at an apple.
Heading back to McMurdo.
Heading back to McMurdo. Observation Hill on left.
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2 comments

  1. Well done! I’m not sure about that comment about Erebus, though… they’ve found at least one active volcano under the ice further south, I believe…you should check with Phil Kyle’s group on that one…

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