Wow. The Victoria Upper Glacier is truly an extraordinary site. The scenery is incredible, with hills and cliffs which remind me of the southwest (Arizona, New Mexico), but surrounded by ice. And the views are almost as good in any direction you look. Yesterday we moved camp to get here, which is always exciting, with several helicopters helping move us all of our science and camp gear from one site to another. It's a very busy day, and we were all tired by the end of it. A new round of steaks solved that problem, however, and we slept well last night.
Today I planted the flags which will be the "roads" used for our radar survey here. This consists of 15 flags laid out with 100 meters between each forming a line going from uphill to downhill on the glacier, and three lines of 600 meters running perpendicular to this main line surrounding the drill site. The surface on this glacier is not nearly as friendly as that on the Clark! The sastrugi are not as big as those from last year, but they are sizable, and dragging the sled with the radar system over them is not going to be easy. There is also more of a slope here, so we will be going uphill. We have some hard work ahead... The drill is set up and we have already begun to get some core. A quick start; this is good, given that we plan to be here for only a little over a week