West Antarctic Ice Sheet Stability:
Glacial Record from the Ohio Range of
the Horlick Mountains in the Bottleneck
Hal Borns*, Aaron Putnam, UMaine
Robert Ackert, Sujoy Mukhopadhyay, Harvard.
December 15, 2004 to February 15, 2005
January 2nd 2005

January 15, 2005

Delayed again today. The twin otter didn’t arrive today due to their predicting bad weather for us, when in reality it was a beautiful day. I ate breakfast around the usual time, and moved things into a pile to be easily tossed into the plane (still anticipating a camp-move). When informed of their not coming, I decided to go for a nice, long run to enjoy perfect, sunny calm. I ran out to the blue ice near Treves Butte again, and did my push-ups. After a lunch of corn-beef hash, I adjourned to my trusty mountain tent.

I spent my time re-reading the proposal and Mt. Waesche paper, trying to get a sense for exactly which objectives we have left on Mercer Ridge. I took a brief nap afterwards, awoke, and got ready to get out of the tent. I couldn’t for the life of me find my hat, which couldn’t have gone far. I searched my tent through and through – baffled, because there wasn’t much clutter for it to disappear into. I then came to the ridiculous realization that I was WEARING my hat the whole time! Ah, sometimes I wonder how I’ve survived on this planet as long as I have.

The evening meal was Mexican again – and I remembered to break out the canned black olives for an extra treat. I hydrated and warmed up the refried beans, throwing a little Monterey jack cheese in the mix.

Hopefully tomorrow the otter will arrive, however it is unlikely at it is Sunday, and they generally don’t fly on Sundays. Oh well, I could imagine much worse places to be stuck… like LAX! I will winter-over here before I find myself stuck for more than 24 hours in that place.

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