Day 24: Speed and
Melt of Glacier
night I was a little paranoid that I might snore especially as I was in
the non-snoring room! Apparently though I didn't which is a relief.
However, I was in one of the top bunks which unknown to me were the ones
with a thick plastic base, so apparently I crinkled all night!! Also one
other point that won't come over in the TV programmes is that although
the sleeping bags were very good mine smelt of feet (not mine) terribly!
In the morning we
ventured out into the cold to see the view. It was a slightly overcast
morning which was a little disappointing but it was still invigorating.
Mike's water had frozen into lenses but they had cracked quite a lot.
Kathy's water-filled balloons had not even frozen - just shows you
how good air is as an insulator!!
We had time to spare
before the helicopter took us back to the equipment for the second day
of measurements. So we had a bit of fun filming a spoof about the hut.
Kathy introduced the ‘Hut' to the camera, took it on a guided
tour. Meanwhile I was in bed reading a book and when she came over I read
a passage out which was very appropriate! Then she went out to see Mike
L who was in the dunny! … Now the mountain hut had its own loo away
from the Hut. It must be a loo with one of the best views in the world.
As Kathy opened the door there was Mike L reading the newspaper!!
We took the helicopters
back to luncheon rock and to the equipment. Found that the protective
plastic sheets for the equipment were missing and I thought at first that
it was due to the wind from the helicopters. After finding the bags I
noticed that they were all pecked to bits. In fact it wasn't the
wind that had removed the covers, it was a little bird! They are called
cheeky Keas in the area and they are famous/infamous for pecking, stealing
and generally causing havoc on the west coast of New Zealand! All the
protractors were misaligned and one even had its plastic mm gauge bitten
we set up the protractors as best we could and then started to make the
measurements on the new position of the glacier flag. This all worked
out well for the right hand protractor B, but protractor A could have
been way off. Kathy used the angle measurements to put into the maths
(trig) and this overcomes any drawing errors that you might get sketching
the scale drawing. Anyway it all worked out OK and we got an estimate
of about a movement of about 1m for a day's glacier advance.