Expedition blogs and news from the Shallow Marine Surveys Group

All packed and ready to go!

Saturday saw the culmination of six weeks of web-searching, ordering and finally gathering all the SMSG kit from various offices and stores and packing it all into boxes. Fortunately despite the Falklands remoteness and some last minute ordering everything has turned up. It took longer than expected to vent 20 dive tanks which have to be empty for the flight to Ascension.

[caption id="attachment_199" align="alignleft" width="300"]Jude and Paul Loading Rovers Jude and Paul loading gear into the Landrovers for the trip to Mount Pleasant.

Amazingly the tanks, survey gear, cameras, personal dive kit, fish traps, fishing rods, paperwork, sample bottles, lead weights and much much more squeezed into the back of two Landrovers. Thankfully as the British forces are part of the team they are assisting with the transport of gear to Ascension. The hour drive to Mount Pleasant complex to drop off the gear along a very badly potholed road was rewarded by tea and chocolate brownie.

[caption id="attachment_200" align="alignleft" width="225"]Dive Kit in store at MPC All the kit waiting in the store at Mount Pleasant for transport by RAF flight to Ascension Island.

No diving now till the trip as all our gear is packed to go on the next flight so it will be waiting for us all when we arrive in Ascension. Time now for people to swat up on their fish species (for those who haven’t already passed their fish ID test). Just the swimmers and suncream to pack and take with us in just under two weeks.

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