Day 27: Altimeter
On Cullery Track in the winter rain,
Treasure is what we set out to gain!
On a Punga Island by a large wet log,
We start our search in the gravely bog.
A water u-tube and an estimate best made,
A metal detector, hope and a rusty spade.
Ellen and I were given the treasure challenge - we have to develop an
altimeter in order to get information on how to find the gold! Kathy is
setting up a sluice to process the black sand and the two Mikes are making
mercury and extracting as much gold as they can from the rocks they have
Kate gave us a treasure
map and told us that a helicopter would take us to a frozen lake about
1000m away where we would get out and have to climb 100m in altitude and
find the buried treasure. We could use the metal detector we had made
previously to help us.
Later on these instructions
were to be changed because of the weather.
and I spend most of the first day with Kathy digging up the black sand
on the amazing west coast beach. Had some fun generally taking it easy
and playing around getting all the filming bits and pieces we need. Ellen
and I do a spoof Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon on the beach but
I am not sure if anyone else realised what we were doing! Anyway, we had
fun ... such a great place to spend the day.
In the afternoon Ellen
and I go up with Steve Evanson to Sentinel Point to see if we can use
this hill as a known height to calibrate our altimeter. On the map it
looks as if the height from the base to the look-out point is a 40m increase
in elevation. End the day with Ellen and I being filmed talking about
how the altimeter is going to work. Apparently it was very funny to see