This year we had the opportunity to load up two Hägglunds, a RMIT Traverse 'Caravan' and Sheers traverse sled with eight people and their equipment for a week or so in the Rauer Group of Islands.
|Hägg on the Glacier|
Part of why I am so passionate about Traverses is the journey. Being out in one of the most inhospitable environments on the earth, relying on your machinery, equipment and your team is quite exhilarating. Getting to the Rauers involves spending a lot of time on the Plateau and crossing Glacier tongues (with crevasses and slots) and steep ice ramps.
|Blue and Black inside a Crevasse!|
|Large ice crystals from inside a Crevasse|
Strangely enough, the Rauer Islands are a stark contrast to the hills of the Vestfolds. The Rauers seem to be composed of more 'sedimentary' type rock (if there are any Geologists reading this I apologise for my lack of knowledge) and there aren't any of the large black Dykes that criss-cross the Vestfolds. I don't know if its just because I have been cooped up indoors for too long but I actually find the Rauers quite breathtaking.
|Top of the Macey ramp|
|Top of Macey Peninsula|
|A Quartz vein??|
It was quite strange coming across this rock formation on Filla Island!
|Interesting rock formation!!|
|Rusting rocks!? Don't tell Clive Palmer...|
|Mars or Antarctica?|
|A 'Football' sized garnet boulder.|
I wont go into too many detail about this trip, I'll just let the pictures to the talking...
|Milky Way and a baby Aurora Australis|
|Accommodation on Filla Island|
|Some stripes of Jade in this one!|
|Layla found an interesting one!|
|Sarah at the 'Tiger Jade' berg|
|The Plateau/Ice Cap forms interesting cloud formations|
|Sarah at Brown's Glacier|
|Adam waiting for a Penguin|
|The Team: Val, Dave, Sarah, Me, Layla, Adam, Craig and Alyce|
|Apparently Lichen loves the cold and wind of the Plateau|
|More Mossy stuff, almost fluro!|
|Wind scour with some Moraine, didn't find a Meteorite though.|
|Sarah admiring another Iceberg|
|The Summit of Lookout Islands|
|The Sorsdal Glacier from Lookout|
|Alyce, Val and Sarah hoping to strike liquid water!|
|Yep, -13deg IN the water, its pretty salty...|
All up we spent 8 days off station due to unfavourable weather and the team coped brilliantly and with no incident, it was a trip to tell the grandkids about, that's for sure!
|Our camp, from the left: The RMIT, Hägg refuelling area, an Apple and a Smartie.|
|The view from the crapper.|
|Inside the Smartie|
|The morning to head back home.|
|Ready for home!|