RANDOM NOTES ON WHAT TO EXPECT FOR THIS TRIP
Nov 4 2008

PREPARATION

Equipment and Clothes
    Although (E)xtreme (C)old (W)eather gear is provided there are a few things you will want to purchse for yourself.
         -> goggles -> I bring extras (two pair) of two types  - (because I break a lot of them)
                             ski type goggles  - one pair is issued
                             glacier (wrap around) glasses - none are issued (I bring two pair)
          You cannot walk around outside without something to cover your eyes

         -> FOOTWARE ->  heavy boots for the plateau are provided but you will need something
                                         for walking around McMurdo and around the camp. Sneakers will NOT work
                                         for this.  I suggest light to medium weight hiking boots.

         -> long underwear - I bring my own as well as using the issued ones (you might want a couple of pair)

         -> The following items are  provided but I PREFER my own (this is up to you)
                   - hat (a choice of hats are provided)
                   - windstopper gloves (many gloves provided)
                   - extra turtle sometimes called a neck gaiter (but only by a few)
                   - my own glove liners
                   

        -> Other extra you might like ->
               IMPORTANT
                               sun screen    SPF 30 or better (SPF  10**6 if you can get it)
                               lip stuff with SPF
                               a working alarm clock that you can hear
                               a nice set of ear-plugs (for the science berthing jamesway)
                               towels (actually quite important)
                               any medications (including over the counter) you want to take
                               one or two nalgene water bottles (not supplied at CDC this year)
                               extra wool socks
                               sock liners   (we cannot stress enough the importance of WARM DRY feet)
                               flashlight and batteries   - perhaps a small light to use for reading (the berthing should be dark)
                               pocket knife / buck tool
                               field book  - there always seems to be lots of things to remember
                                pens/pencils/sharpies
                               

               LUXURIES            
                            IPOD for the plane (if you are of THAT generation)
                            books
                            super glue
                            hand lotion - moisturizer
                            thermal mug (hot cup)
                            camera  - they will work if you keep them warm


To Request Travel
   You will have had to (P)hysically (Q)ualify and have submitted travel forms.

You Should then receive from Raytheon
   Some time before we leave you should receive from Raytheon a FedEx package containing
    - your plane tickets
    - some instructions about entering New Zealand
    - a confirmation about your hotel in Christchurch
    - the time for your clothing distribution at the CDC (you may get this when you arrive in Christchurch
       it depends on the year)
    - luggage tags

 

ARRIVING IN NEW ZEALAND
Streetcar in Christchurchfor-bob_o
- You arrive in Auckland and go through custom's and immigration there
    You should have a letter from Raytheon about the length of the tourist visa
    NOTE THAT YOUR PASSPORT HAS TO BE VAILD FOR 6 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE
    OF ENTRY (it could be 6 months after the date of return to New Zealand, I do not
    recall - but it dosen't matter - you should have a passport valid until at least July of
    next year)
- The CDC is near the airport in Christchurch - anyone can give you directions.
- There is a shuttle service at the airport (Royal Shuttle")
   The shuttle driver can take you (and the rest of the USAP people at the airport)
    to the hotel.
   You can buy 4 tickets for the price of 3 rides - a good deal as you will have to
    go out to the CDC for equipment distribution and then go out (one way) again
    on the day you take the C-17.
- In Christchurch we like to stay at the Windsor Bed & Breakfast

VISITING THE CDC

Clothing Distribution Centerinseide CDCbags packedcdc-ecwfor-bob_owhat to wear on the plane


The CDC is where you will get your clothing, where the travel office is, where you have access to the
internet and where you will go to board the C17 to the continent.

Clothing Distribution

     - try everything on
     - be SURE TO REQUEST (if you are not already give )      
               - bearclaws
               - windstopper balaclava
               - I prefer the FDX boots - but others prefer the "bunny" boots but complain of sweaty feet (which is bad - really)
               - Some people of the female persuasion may wish to get something other than the one piece fleece - ask at the CDC
               - I like the Carhart pants - you can ask for these as they will NOT be part of your default allotment
               -  light canvas field pants are also available if you want - a little (not much) warmer than jeans

           


on the C17


McMurdo
McMurdo
 Upon arriving at McMurdo you will have a short (not really but it's not THAT bad) briefing.
 You will be assigned a dorm room and given a key at that time.
  Someone from our project will meet you there - unless you are already travelling with someone.


COMMUNICATIONS WITH HOME
   telephone -  there is a telephone number you can call to get you into a local telephone
                       exchange in Denver. From here you can use a calling card to call home -
                       charges for long distance being calculated from Denver
                       Calling cards will NO LONGER BE available at the station (I think - so do not count on it)
                       McMurdo  -   call 792
                       POLE     - I don't know  - but it is the saem deal - and we can find out when we are there.

                    - there is a New Zealand telephone number which can connect to telephones
                      at McMurdo (only)  -     011-64-2-409-xxxx    
                                                       where xxxx is the McMurdo extension  you wish to reach
                                                       64 is the country code for New Zealand

                     - at camp there will be a couple of satellite telephones for official communications
                       which I believe we can use ONCE IN A WHILE to call home.


                     - there is email access at McMurdo (24/7) and also at Pole (but only during certain
                       time windows.



AGAP-S CAMP - WHAT WILL IT BE LIKE

It will be SIMILAR (not exactly the same as - but close)
You can take a look at the camp plans on page 4 of AGAP_South_camp_plans.pdf available
from the "Camp layout, Construction plans" page.
polar plateau - N100

 - there will be electricity at the camp (for laptops etc. etc.)
 - There will NOT be a shower


INSTALLING A STATION

AGAP install 1agap install 2agap install 3

These are just a few pictures of installing a station.
Note that we dig two holes - one for the sensor and one for the station enclosure.