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Victoria University Antarctic Research Expedition Science and Logistics Reports 1991-92: VUWAE 36

11. Field Equipment

11. Field Equipment


The field clothing now available from DSIR Antarctic is very good and kept well up to date. We did find the new windproof bib trousers and jacket to be a bit stiff and the coarse material is very sticky and wet on snow. The older Fairydown material is better in this respect but the cut of the new garments are good.

Gloves are still a problem especially with our sea-sea ice based programmes, where hands get wet from working in the sea. We require finger gloves that are waterproof, flexible and insulating.

iiiWe were pleased to be able to add to the NZARP 20 manday ration box with some foodstuffs from Scott Base e.g. eggs, cream, yeast for bread; bread, fresh and frozen food. Wannigan living enables us to cook this type of food easily and we would hope to be able to still get these supplies in the future.

K042 used wannigan NZI as a kitchen-messing and sleeping unit. The wannigan is well set up for up to 4 people but is a bit more difficult with our 6 event personnel. We temporarily installed a microwave oven for our period in the field because NZl lacks an oven but it would still be better to have a small LP gas combination oven-cook top installed especially for 6 people Space is very limited in the wannigan and better sort of waste handling system could be provided such as 2 or 3 plastic "kitchen tidy" bins appropriately colour coded to split burnable, non-burnable and aluminium refuge before storing outside in larger plastic drums on the cargo sledges.

K042 also used the NZARP apple and sledge to set up the ROV control equipment. The apple was suitable for this purpose but its sledge is not very suitable. The sledge does not tow properly on a strop and had to be towed between heavy sledges to stop it crabing sideways. The runners are too wide for good towing and melt in to the ice when its sunny and the sledge transmitts excessive vibration into instruments in the apple so it had to be towed very slowly.


We used the NSF Nodwell vehicle (TREX) as detailed in section 6(ib) and also a 5kVA (110V, 60Hz) ONAN generator to operate the ROV.

All our equipment was returned to Scott Base in good condition. The return of equipment to Scott Base field store men was generally satisfactory except that it seems that the science personnel are expected to increasingly do more of the work that was traditionally winter work for the field storeman. An example of this is the unpacking and cleaning of food boxes and airing of sleeping bags. Most event scientist personnel have a lot of work to do to clean and pack up their scientific equipment in a short time and they should not be considered free labour by Scott Base personnel during this critical time.

We used the 1 day delay at Scott Base before returning to New Zealand to sort and pack redundant VUW equipment stored in University LTS container.