With all due respect to the fire alarm maintenance and generator control training courses that I’ve been doing over the past month, last week was a touch more interesting with me and some of the Halley Winterers (plus Dan the Diver from Rothera) learning how to drive and operate British Antarctic Survey Vehicles. Learning how to operate a loader crane mounted on the back of a tracked snow cat is not something you do everyday.
We got to drive up and down the yard (whilst trying not to destroy the concrete with the tracks) and practice using the crane, touching the hook on cones placed around the BAS yard and hoisting and repositioning various items of different weights and sizes.
Although we didn’t get to drive them – what with them not having peak performance on concrete, we did get to have a look at the awesome looking Skidoos that I’m looking forward to riding down South.
Actually they don’t look as good as in real life but I’ll be soon getting a decent Camera – so be prepared to be dazzled and amazed by my photography skills!
Anyway, all in all we had a great week!