Yesterday we sent a van load filled with over 400kg of scientific gear including pH, conductivity and temperature meters, data loggers, wind traps, weather station equipment, tools and of course 100's upon 100's of falcon tubes and collection bags, just the scientists to go. We would also like to introduce you to Mu the University of Waikato cow who will be joining us to Antarctica this year, keep your eyes peeled as we continue to put pictures up.
Due to the logistical problems of getting tonnes of scientific (not to mention food etc) down each year for Antarctica we have to send our gear down at least 6 weeks before our departure for the ice to make sure it can be flown/shipped down by the time we get there. This is an absolutely essential part of Antarctic planning as everything you need to do your work MUST be sent down either with these boxes or with your personal gear and they don't like you taking 100kg each with you. Everything that gets shipped down (including you) is weighed to ensure that every trip down is as efficient as possible.