If ya eva ad a bit of the old wind, then thank
I knew of the Hawk before my first trip to the Ice in 60, because that was the cold wind that blew up your derrier (keeping it clean) in the mid-west off of the water. And it was equally duplicated on the Ice. Herbie, I also heard about during my second tour. Herbie cannot hold a candle to the Hawk, the Hawk would turn corners and get you, where as the herbie, kind of seemed to have a path and didn't realize that there was someone hiding around the corner.
There were many more things that you would be glad to give up a beer or case for if you were in the wrong place at the wrong time,i.e, half way to the strip for some freshies and the hawk came in and you were out there.
Reference packing; I remember one of the metal smiths that would get _____ faced and just walk outside of the "club" on the strip (second tour) and just jump in a hole. Rationale unknown except for the fact that on occasion, it was just your turn in the barrel. No FNGs, so who shall we do tonight. (NIGHT?)
Of course, by the time my second tour was almost over, it was almost a capital offense and everything went kind of undercover ( at least on the strip) that is where the wheels touched down and they didn't want anyone to think they were commanding a bunch of perverts. But that was before the Tailhook Scandal and there were a lot more of them flying tail hooks than props (WHEELS THAT IS). As a matter of fact, if the truth were to be known, talking to later Deep-Freeze personnel during the reunion, packing had become an unknown term. Must be because of the gender influence. No disrespect intended, but they could handle a lot more snow and still not get cold.
I am sure I will get some hot mail back from this one but that is what it is all about. Keep the communications going and keep your nose warm and for some keep it hot.
Some Antarctic buzz words, and traditions are seasonal in nature. Some stick and some don't. It's sorta like the wind. The first two times I went to the ice to winter over the wind was called The Hawk. When I went back for my third winter the new buzz word was Herbie. I liked the Hawk better. I refused to ever call the Hawk by any other name. I have heard from a usually reliable source that the NYANG calls the wind Willy Waw which came from the Arctic along with the Yaks.
Remember when a person got their Weasel or dodge Power Wagon stuck in a snow bank. The tradition was that you had to give the person who pulled you out a case of good beer. CNSFA, the NSF and VXE-6 all officially banned this practice, but it continued as long as I was there. Likewise packing was officially banned. But it continued nevertheless. You almost had to carry a certificate around with you unless you were a highly recognized OAE, like me and you, then they left you alone.
Good thought Billy, there are those that went down only once and that was way before the term came about.
RM1 J. Hooker
You guys reminded me of the Baluga Rectangle.. I sailed the Gulf of Alaska for years after 6 and had heard of a Bermuda Triangle like position up there. I recall the captain always mentioning that the fourth side is what made it tricky.