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  Expedition camped at Prince Charles Mountains.
by tiabunna

This photo shows the Spring Trip camped, shortly after arriving at the Prince Charles Mountains (PCM) in November 1966. The photo was taken at about midnight. There are several points of interest. The first is the ‘sastrugi’, which is the name given to the wind-carved surface of the snow on the surface of the underlying ice, and the tracks our tractors and sledges have carved through it. The second is that, at this point, we were a little over 5,000 feet above sea level – but there is about 5,000 feet of ice below us! Just before we stopped, we encountered several crevasses (see 'warnings' tip).

The mountain tops in this photo are about 7,000 feet high. On the right is ‘Mount Lacey’ where I spent many chilly days helping with the survey.

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  • Written Jun 8, 2006
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