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Hard at work - 14 February

Thursday 14 February
-18.6 deg C
wind 5.4 Kts at 94 deg E

On site at Halley there is lots of activity.

There are seven Antarctic modules and there is a great urgency to complete the work required for the end of the season, especially while the weather is favourable.

This week Morrison has been tenting the modules, partly in preparation for the winter, and partly to enable the continued installation of the services away from the snow, wind and cold.

The task of tenting the modules is not small. The covers are made into single-piece enclosures which require lifting in one go. Its like flying an enormous kite. The procedure requires one team on the ground holding guide ropes, with another team inside the module easing the covers on with long poles.

I was on the ground holding on to the tent with a rope. For once I felt that all the food I had eaten on the Shackleton came in useful as I did my best to try and keep my feet on the ground.

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