Muskegs double-heading up Goldsmith Glacier, Theron Mountains, Antarctica

12" x 20", Oil on board, 1984

The scene represents an instant during the artist's time in the Antarctic.

Bombardier 'Muskeg' tractors were used to haul supplies into the Theron Mountains, some 400 km south of the British Antarctic Survey base of Halley Bay. At one point on this journey it was found necessary to double-head a single sledge load up the steeper section of the Goldsmith Glacier before continuing the traverse of the inland ice cap.

Such journeys were carried out by traveling 24 hours a day at the beginning of the field season in mid-November.  These were made to establish the field parties in their work area with fresh dog teams which were carried in kennels built on the sledges.  A field party could remain in the area until mid-February before beginning the long haul back to base supported by the depots laid on the outward journey.

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