Tracy & Antarctica
As some of you may know, Tracy, one of the lovely ladies from Monday’s Class, headed out to Antarctica for over 2 weeks recently, and has just come back. Seeing as it is one of the few places that most of us will never go to, I thought it would be nice to hear from her about her travels
Why did you go?
- Work! I am a physicist for the British Antarctic Survey and I run several atmospheric instruments at the British bases down there. I went to Rothera base to setup a new all-sky camera that will determine cloud cover accurately and also to give my existing instruments a health check :)
What was it like the first time you stepped outside?
- We landed late evening and my first steps out of the plane gave a view of the surrounding mountains covered in snow. It also was nice and cold (about -4), but sunny too.
What was the best part?
- The instrument install went smoothly! I also got the chance to see Adelie penguins, so cool!!
Any worst parts?
- We had a few days of really bad weather and my instruments are located the other side of a small ridge. So leaving to go back to base one day it was so windy I had to walk through the knee deep snow to ensure I wasn't blown over!! Not the most pleasant walk I've ever done.
What exercise did you do?
Lots! :) I managed to get one run in outside on the runway, other than that I used the gym for running or Carys style workouts. They also ran circuits and insanity classes on the base which I attended. I missed my family but it was nice having the time to train after work.