Quad Biking in Antarctica

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by travelingaustralian, May 11, 2013.

  1. murdock84

    murdock84 Been here awhile

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    I like the "donuts" in Antarctica picture. Not many people get to do that.
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  2. travelingaustralian

    travelingaustralian Globe Trotting

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    We had a little bit of fog today. It is very uncommon to get fog because of the very low temps.

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    What kind of ATVs are they and how old? They look like Honda's but I'm not sure with how covered up they are.
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  4. causef0rconcern

    causef0rconcern Rift Explorer

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    This may be my new favorite thread in the day trippers section! Keep the media coming! I'm so inspired right now - I've got to figure out how to get down there.
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  5. travelingaustralian

    travelingaustralian Globe Trotting

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    Our day to day work horses are the very reliable (Everything has a hard time at anything below -25c!!!) Honda TRX420's. We have a couple of Can Am 800's outlanders with quad tracks for up at the plateau as well. The 420's replaced the old 350's beginning of 2011. Some have over 600Hrs on them now.
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  6. travelingaustralian

    travelingaustralian Globe Trotting

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    Here is a map of the trip we took last weekend up to watts hut.

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  7. travelingaustralian

    travelingaustralian Globe Trotting

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    Had a solar pillar this afternoon. The sun was setting at around 14.30h. I captured these couple of pictures as I heading out to set up a Hagglund training course on the sea ice out front of the station. Our sea ice has only been opened for quads so far because it was not thick enough for anything heavier. The ice is now good for use with Hagglunds. Huggs are used for major works or traverses. Haggs are a 4 tracked center steer all train vehicle that float. I was setting up the training course. It is part of the diesel mechanics job to train personal in the us of vehicles on station, plus we will run them through how to recover a Hagg that has gone through the ice. I went through 4 months training and courses back in Australia before I left for Antarctica.

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    I grabbed the help of one of our sparkies to help out. Here is Simon drilling ice for the marker polls.
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    Looking back up to our station.

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  8. Lacedaemon

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    The pictures of the freshwater lake really make me want an iceboat. In Antarctica. Then I think about what that means and get some hot chocolate.
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  9. Jimmy the Heater

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    Excellent pics and report! I for one vote that this be left where it is, even though the bikes have 4 wheels.
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  10. stevh0

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    great pics!
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  11. SamRus

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    Thanks so much for posting this up, Traveling Australian!
    This is amazing stuff!
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  12. Sidney

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    How are the Cat's running down there? What engines are you using for the Power Station?

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  13. travelingaustralian

    travelingaustralian Globe Trotting

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    The kittens are running great!! Our power house still uses the old 3306's
    They may be old but very reliable and that is what you need!!!. We get 40,000Hrs from an engine before it is changer out.
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  14. liftedlimo

    liftedlimo PNW Stump Jumper

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    Eeek those are old! Do you guys do a complete overhaul at 40k hrs? I work with everything in the 36 series(3606 to 3616s), 35 series(3508s to 3512s), and most our generators are 3412s with the E-Gens being 3406s. All the new boats are computer controlled, electronic injection engines(c280s and such).

    Your job looks adventurous! Keep posting pictures! My friend wintered over at South Pole Station and your pictures remind me of that. Love them.
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  15. ferals5

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    They're not as old as us old plant mechanics :lol3
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  16. travelingaustralian

    travelingaustralian Globe Trotting

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    This is true in some cases!! Im only 34 so there pretty much my age!!

    Ill put a couple pictures up of our old!!! power house for those interested. The thing you have to remember is the station is only visited once a year by our resupply ship and science is the main reason for being down here. The power house was constructed in the early 1980's. Even so it is nice to know that if something does shit it's self we know we will be able to fix it up here on station.

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    The main control unit.
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    Old technology but it works!!! You just cant kill a Cat 3306!!!!!
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    We use heat exchangers from the engines to convert energy into heat that is used to heat the buildings. No engines running means no heat for the buildings.
    I am on call 24/7 if something goes wrong we have to be available to fix the problem.
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    Here are a couple more pictures of some of the equipment I work on down here. This is inside our workshop.
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    Also as the dieso on station we are the plant operators. Most of the big equipment is used for the clearing of snow that builds up around station. After a blow there might be more than 4 meters of snow built up in the wind drifts!

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    Over summer the station grows to almost 100. During this time a team of trades people are sent down to assist us winter tradies. Since the very first time tradesmen have been coming down here, there has been a summer trades picture taken. Here is just one board of photos.
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    This year we got a new excavator. Here is how we got it ashore. The ship in the background is the Aurora Australis the Australian icebreaker. Over summer we have a window of just over 1 months were there is no sea ice. In this time everything needs to be brought to station. The resupply ship is normally here for about 2 weeks. In this time we also have to resupply the station with fuel. This time we pumped almost 800000Lt onto the station over sea.
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  17. travelingaustralian

    travelingaustralian Globe Trotting

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    Hi guys. I was thinking of changing the title of my report.
    At first I was only ever going to be putting some pictures up of the quad biking but I become more popular than I thought it would. Most of you are keen to see Antarctica and what happens down here. I would like to change the title to "Quad biking and Living in Antarctica". Can anyone help me or give me a hint to changing it? I tried but all I could do was change the title of a post.


    Any one know?????
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  18. Jimmy the Heater

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    I believe only a Mod can do that. Send one a PM. They are listed at the bottom of the main forum page.
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  19. ferals5

    ferals5 Team black bikes

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    I was doing my apprenticeship whilst you were but a twinkle in your old mans eye :wink:

    excellent pics, those engine were what we learned on in our tech training..... now I really feel old :lol3
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  20. travelingaustralian

    travelingaustralian Globe Trotting

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    How times have changed. They are thinking about upgrading the power house in the future and have been thinking about using C7 or C9 Cat engines for the task.
    Im very lucky I have been able to work on such a wide range of equipment.

    I spent over 4 years also working all over Africa and I tell you what I learnt a thing or 2 there!! Like the old bush mechanics back home "Australia Outback"
    you have to make things work with nothing!!! And just make it work!!!

    I love that sort of work. Not like now how the young guys learn how to just change out parts and hope it works!!!!
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