December 21, 2009 in Pictures
A first team has driven to the coast with members of JARE 51 to do some reconnaisance and prepare the offloading area at Crown Bay.
Three members of JARE 51 accompany the team on ski-doo.
© International Polar Foundation / René Robert
Arrival at Crown Bay. It took the team almost 21 hours to cover the 200km to the coast.
Crown Bay. The containers from last year need to be cleared of snow.
Going down the access ramp to Crown Bay with the Japanese.
Alain showing the unloading area for the ship at the end of the bay.
Driving the ski-doo towards the ocean at the end of the bay. The view from the ice cliff is marvelous.
Three small Adélie penguins are curious about the colourful visitors...
Even more of the ski-doos.
A little further on, another leopard seal is surprised by the team's presence.
A leopard seal who's not too happy about being distrubed from his slumber.
Alain Hubert and Tsuchiya Noriyoshi at the foot of Crown Iceberg.
Melting water on the sea ice.
Alain on the side of a crack in the sea ice.
Working with the Hammar crane to get the snow off the containers.
More than two metres of snow covered the oil drums.
The shelter, a kitchen and a bedroom all rolled into one.
The team can finally savour the meals prepared in Belgium by cook François Dujardin.
Kristof enjoys his favourite meal: veal stew with green beans.
Kristof and Alain going over a crevasse.
Testing the depth of of a crevasse.
Stops every so often to refuel are ideal to make sure everything functions.
During these long traverses, everyone takes a turn in the driver's seat. This time it is René's turn.
Jesko fills up his Prinoth.
Kristof works with the crane during a refueling.
Sastrugi, wind-shaped snow formations that look like waves on the ocean.
The Prinoth arrives to prepare the unloading ramp.
The ramp at Crown Bay is in a great shape this year.
The first Prinoth of the season driving on the sea ice.
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