A-11528-t87

ZCZC ANTD

SERIAL: CAKI153

22/11/89 13:59:48

PRIORITY: 5

TO: KINGSTON/ELO

TYPE: P



FROM: CASEY/BOND


BRENDEN .AND SI

49 ROSSMYNE ST.

THORNBURY VIC


GIDAY YOBS

WHERES MY LETTER. SINCE YOU HAVENT WRITTEN I MAY AS WELL SEND YOU THIS BOORING REPORT I WROTE. THIS HEEP OF CRAP IS ABOUT A FIELD TRIP I WENT ON FOR A COUPLE OF DAYS. DONT WORRY ABOUT THE WHINGING THE PREVIOUS TRIP WAS THE STATION LEADERS. SAY HI TO ALL AND HAVE ONE FOR ME. BACK TO HAUNT YOU SOON.

BFN BONDIE


REPORT ON JOLLY TO BROWNING


TRIP MEMBERS

RUSSELL BOND

RUSSELL BRAND

ADELE POST

MICHAEL WILLS

PETER HOPE

STEVE LANG


SAT 18/11/89

WE LEFT CASEY IN THE NODWELL AT ABOUT 1930.THE TRIP DOWN WAS FAIRLY UNEVENTFULL WITH THE TRACK BEING FAIRLY SMOOTH TILL THE HAUFT TURNOFF OFF, THEN SLIGHTLY ROUGHER ONCE WE STARTED RUNNING WITH SASTRUGI. IN ALL THE WHOLE TRIP TOOK ABOUT 5 HOURS.WHEN WE ARRIVED THE HUT WAS CLEAN BUT THE ROOF VENTS HAD BEEN LEFT OPEN, FOURTUNATLY THERE HAD BEEN NO HIGH WINDS SO THERE WAS NO ICE INSIDE THE HUT. ONE OF THE CHUFFAS WAS NOT WORKING SO WE REPLACIED THIS WITH ONE FROM THE COOKING BOX. THE REST OF THE NIGHT WAS SPENT TALKING SHIT AND DRINKING PORT UNTIL EARLY IN THE MORNING.AFTER A LATE START AND A GOOD BREAKFAST, WE DEPARTED FOR PETERSON ISLAND. THE WALKING WAS PUNCUATED WITH STOPS FOR ADELE TO LOOK AT SOME LICHEN AND THE ODD BIT OF SELF ARRESTING PRACTICED ON SOME OF THE STEPPER SNOW SLOPES. THE SEA ICE BETWEEN THE MAIN LAND AND THE ISLAND WAS STILL VERY FAST WITH NO TROUBLE CROSSING. WE PROCEADED DOWN THE MAIN VALLY IN THE CENTER OF THE ISLAND_ AND FOUND 21 ELEPHANT SEALIN GOOD HEALTH EXCEPT FOR ONE SEAMED TO HAVE A CUT MOUTH) AND IN TWO GROUPS SEPARATED BY ABOUT 15 METERS. ALL SEALS WHERE IN BETWEEN 3.5 AND 4.0 METERS EXCEPT FOR THREE SMALLER ONES SIZED AT 3.4, 3.3, 2.5 METERS. NO TAGS WHERE SIGHTED. TWO WEDDELLS WHERE ALSO CLOSE BY, AND THE WHOLE GROUP WAS GIVEN A SEVERE DOSE OF KODAK POISONING. FROM THERE WE WALKED TO THE APPLE HUT, WHERE WE HAD LUNCH. SNOW AROUND THE APPLE WAS VERY SALTY AND UNDRINKABLE, THE ROOF VENT HAD ALSO BEEN LEFT OPEN AGAIN . SOME PENGUIN COUNTING WAS DONE AFTER LUNCH WITH THE SMALL COLNEY NEAR THE APPLE HAVING 97 PENGUINS AND 47 NESTS, THE LARGE COLONY ON THE OTHER SIDE HAD ROUGHLY 8200 BIRDS WITH THE BIRD NEST RATIO ABOUT THE SAME. THE WIND STARTED TO SPRING UP ABOUT THIS TIME AND THE OTHER LARGE COLENY (NEAR SITE P2 ) WAS NOT COUNTED BUT WAS ESTIMATED TO HAVE ABOUT 10,000 BIRDS. ALSO SOME LEOPARD SEALS WHERE SEEN CHASING ADELYS AND RESTING ON THE FAST ICE IN THIS AREA. IN GENERAL SHALL GROUPS OF ADELY'S WHERE SEEN ALL OVER THE ISLAND. WE RETURNED TO THE HUT FOR A BARBIE, OUR SKED, AND A QUITE DRINK.


MON 20

MOST OF THE PARTY RETURNED TO PETERSON THE NEXT DAY TO EXPLORE THE SOUTHERN END, WITH SOME MEMBERS STAYING IN THE HUT FEELING THEY'D BEEN INTREPID ENOUGH THE DAY BEFORE. THE LARGE HILL AT THE SOUTHERN END WAS CLIMBED, ADELE INSPECTED THE MOSS BED NEAR THE LARGE CLOUDY LAKE POINTED OUT BY THE PREVIOUS TRIP. ONE EMPEROR PENGUIN WAS SEEN NEAR THE SOU THEN END ( A RARE SIGHT ) THEY RETURNED LATER IN THE AFTER NOON AND PETER OUR RESIDENT VEGO PREPARED A EXCELLENT MEAL. ANOTHER LATE NIGHT.


TUE 21

THE HUTWAS CLEANED UP DURING THE MORNING, AND MICK AND STEVE DRAGGED A GAS BOTTLE THEY FOUND THE PREVIOUS DAY BACK TO THE HUT. A CONSEDERABLE EFFORT WHICH TOOK THEM ABOUT ONE HOUR.LUNCH WAS HAD THE NODWELL WAS LOADED. AND THE GAS BOTTLE WIT AN OLD LEAKY OIL DRUM THAT WASBESIDE THE HUT. THE TRIP BACK INCLUDED A TRIP TO HAUPT AND A FEW MORE PICTURES. IT TOOK ABOUT FOUR HOURS OF GOOD GOING WITH ANOTHER DETOUR TO OBRIEN'S BAY TO DROP OFF SOME TENTS FOR FIELD TRAINING. WEATHER WAS GOOD AND SUNNY WITH LIGHT TO NO WINDS AND AV TEMP OF ABOUT - 8 DEG.


CONCLUSION

1 NODWELLS ARE HEEPS BETTER THAN HAGLUNDS

2 IF FEATURES AROUND PERTERSON ARE TO BE GIVEN NAMES SOME MORE EXCITING ONES SHOULD BE THOUGHT UP.

3 THE ROUTE TO BROWNING SHOULD BE INVESTIGATED TO SEE IF A SHORTER WAY COULD BE TAKEN FROM ROBBO'S TO PRICES CORNER AND THEN MORE DIRECTLY FROM THE PETERSON GLACIER TO THE HUT. APPARENTLY THIS HAS BEEN DONE IN 'HE PAST.

4 PEOPLE ON THREE DAYS JOLLY SHOULDN'T BE ASKED TO DO A WEEKS WORK

5 NO APOLOGIES FOR THE SPELLING


BONDIE

PS HAS SI GOT HIT MIND OUT THE GUTTER YET


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