Thursday 8th December – A bitterly cold day checking the lifting frame


Today I started off on this bitterly cold morning with inspection of the lifting frame which was designed to provide temporary support to one end of a module during leg lifting operations. As I inspected the lifting frame I took off my gloves to take a photo record and within a couple of minutes my hands were seriously cold. I could only start to imagine how hard Antarctica must be for explorers like Ernest Shackleton enduring harsh conditions in the winter, without comfortable heated shelters, modern kit etc.

I quickly moved on to inspect the galvanised roof frames on modules H2, H1 and E2 and recorded observations on my camera as this was quicker and allowed me to get into the warm before writing up. At 11am I joined in a meeting to go through the plan to move the first module.