We hiked the Observation Hill Loop. This is a new trail since the last time I was here and it circumnavigates Observation Hill, a prominent peak (750 ft above sea level) on the east edge of McMurdo. I'm sure we'll have a chance to climb Ob Hill before leaving here - it's well worth the effort on a clear day. In any case, the Ob Hill Loop was very nice - great views of Scott Base (the New Zealand station that is 2 miles from here) and of the Ross Ice Shelf and mountains to the south. In addition, it was extremely quiet on the back side - at one point all we could hear was the wind. Below are some pictures from the hike.
|Ob Hill, looking up from the start of the |
|The new wind turbines; together they provide 1 MWatt of power to the US and New Zealand stations.|
|Windblown snow along the Ob Hill Loop trail|
|McMurdo Station from Ob Hill Loop Trail. The helo pad is in |
the foreground; the Crary Research Lab is the tan building in the
center of the photograph.
|Mt. Discovery and stack of lenticular clouds|
|My fellow hikers, enjoying the view of the Ross Ice Shelf|