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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria University, Wellington N.Z. Vol. 22, No. 5. June 8, 1959

Valleys Ideal

Valleys Ideal

The Wright Valley and Victoria Valley area of South Victoria Land was ideal for us. It is most unusual, being practically free of ice—and this allowed us to plan a back-packing expedition.

It is close enough to the U.S. Naval Air Facility at McMurdo Sound—about 80 miles away—to make the support of the expedition by the Americans not too onerous a task. It is a small enough area—2500 square miles—to allow us, in a short season, to investigate a reasonable part of it. And most important, it had only been visited once before, by a four-man party who spent 10 days in the Victoria Valley in February, 1958.