Thursday, November 1, 2012

Day 8, November 1, 2012 -- Take a hike!

Ok, we did stuff in the high bay today, sure. Kyle and I finished the alignment of all the lenses in the cryostat. Michele and Jeff put the rotator back together. Franky worked on DfMUX board heatsinking, yadda yadda yadda.

The real excitement today came after the work day had ended. Kyle, Franky, Chappy, Joy, and myself went on a hike up to the top of Observation (Ob) Hill, the really pointy hill right next to McMurdo base. Despite being a relatively short hike, the vertical gain was about 750 feet in about 1.5 miles, and it was surprisingly difficult, with loose rock and a fair amount of snow combining with steep dropoffs making it somewhat treacherous. And the wind was also nuts, probably blowing at about 20-30 mph in combination with the near-zero-Fahrenheit temperatures. Still, we prevailed, and I was able to take a picture of us triumphant at the top thanks to having lugged my tripod all the way up.


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