|The Dash 7|
|Securing the supplies in the Dash|
|Wannabe Co Co Co Pilot|
The first views of Rothera were amazingly beautiful. Situated on Adelaide Island, it lies approximately 1860km south of the Falkland Islands and 1630km south east of Punta Arenas in Chile. The island is 140km long and heavily glaciated with mountains of up to 2565m height. The station is built on a promontory of rock at the southern extremity of the Wormald Ice Piedmont.
|Flying Into Rothera|
Whilst I really enjoyed the views coming into the base I didn't enjoy the 5 attempts at landing before the wheels finally hit terra firma. Each time we tried to land a gust of wind would force the plane upwards again. Actually...I was terrified!
|Landing at Rothera|
Anyway WE MADE IT! And I won't have to go throught that again for a while. After unloading the plane I was shown my room and had a quick tour around. First impressions are of a ski chalet!...very different to the Halley base which felt much more exposed and 'on the edge'.
Anyway I shall enjoy this as tomorrow I have to go through field training which will involve spending the next night in a tent.
Of more later........