Here we are about to set off, Penny waving and myself wearing the warmest hat in the world. BAS has four ski equipped Twin Otters like this.
Here is Penny in the plane with Bear. Bear belongs to the Ian the pilot's wife (she wintered here at Halley in 2005 along with Bear) and goes on every flight with him - that's one well travelled Bear!
We were prepared to do lots of digging to retrieve the GPS unit but in fact it had hardly buried at all. Here is Ben by the GPS.
Only the GPS antenna and the solar panel are visible, the GPS and the batteries are buried in the snow. This particular GPS doesn' t have wind power or enough battery power to run right the way through the polar winter but it should get about 9 months of data every year.
Can you see Penny?
On the way home, the light showed up the groomed route from Halley V to Halley VI. The iceshelf seems very big and empty from the air.
All in all a good day.