TIME FLIES

TIME FLIES

Contributed by Jessica Ng Time flies when you’re having firn. RAID testing is coming to a close, and with it, my first Antarctic field season. I have gained invaluable experience over the past four weeks at this beautiful field site, from the mechanics of camp life to...
HOLDING PRESSURE

HOLDING PRESSURE

We’ve made a lot of progress over the past few days! Since the last post, we moved the drill and rod modules a short distance to start a new borehole. Our thinking is that it is better to focus on augering new holes that we can work with, rather than spend time trying...
DRILLING WITH RAID

DRILLING WITH RAID

Happy holidays from RAID camp at Minna Bluff! Pardon our long ‘radio silence’ while we got camp established and then ventured into the unknowns of experimental drilling. Right off the bat we had a long weather delay and then after early test drilling we discovered a...
Back to Minna Bluff

Back to Minna Bluff

RAID is officially back in action! After a long winter sleep we are now back at Minna Bluff for a new season of testing. Our lead drilling party left the US in early November and after many weather delays finally made it to McMurdo Station in Antarctica from New...
PREPARING FOR TRAVERSE

PREPARING FOR TRAVERSE

Our drilling crew is working hard to get things ready for the traverse to Minna Bluff. They removed tarps from the modules, fired up the generators, unpacked the ‘do-not-freeze’ items for re-installation, resupplying the shop, cut some new rig mats, laid in some new...