The normal work week for RPSC is 9 hours a day, 6 days a week [54 hour weeks]. During the camp put-in, it is more like 12-16 hours per day, 7 days a week. Fortunately our camp manager is realistic about expectations and decided to give everyone a bit of a reprieve for New Years. We ended work mid afternoon and were told to sleep in until 10AM the next morning. Most folks spent the time chatting to family on the Sat phone or doing repairs on personal gear.
We had an unexpected round of pleasant surprises to help us ring in the New Year: a pair of Skuas arrived at camp [the first and likely only wildlife we’ll see here], low on the horizon the new moon was barely visible and just before midnight someone was able to spot the LDB floating overhead at 120,000’.