More Training: Driving Snow Stuff!

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.

telehandler and snow-cat mounted crane

Tracked Tele-handler and Snow-Cat Mounted Crane

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.

3 Halleys and a Rothera Stuart the Plumber, Soph the Doc, Dan the Diver and Me

3 Halleys and a Rothera
Stuart the Plumber, Soph the Doc, Dan the Diver and Me

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.

New Skidoos in the BAS Garage

New Skidoos in the BAS Garage

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!

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