Facts of Life


Base Camps

The Stream Team works mostly in Taylor Valley, and Taylor Valley has four main base camps - F6, Camp Fryxell, Camp Hoare, and Camp Bonney. The camps each contain a hut where people can cook, come in out of the cold, and just hang out. The camps also have lab areas where water, sediment, and biological samples can be processed at least initially and where instruments can be repaired. Sleeping arrangements consist of tents set up in designated locations in the vicinity of the hut.


F6 is located on the south side of Lake Fryxell by Von Guerard Stream. It's special for the Stream Team because we're responsible for opening and closing the camp and because it's our home base.

A helicopter drops a slingload at F6
Click on the picture to see a larger view

Camp Fryxell

Camp Fryxell is situated on the north side of Lake Fryxell and has an old style Quonset hut. The Stream Team doesn't stay here, but we like to visit people who do.

Camp Fryxell - As the season progresses, a moat develops at the lake edge.
People then have to use a boat
to get across the moat.

Camp Hoare

Camp Hoare is situated on the northeast side of Lake Hoare and has a spectacular location right next to the Canada Glacier. It's the hub of activity in Taylor Valley and can accommodate the most people. Camp Hoare has a manager, Rae Spain, and an assistant manager, Leslie Blank. Rae and Leslie also help run things at the other Taylor Valley camps. A sand beach is located by Canada Glacier, just five minutes from camp, and on "nights" when it gets above freezing, people have been known to go there, take their shoes off, and play beach Frisbee.

Camp Hoare from a distance

Leslie goes onto the lake ice to track down a wayward Frisbee while Rae looks on.

Playing Frisbee at the beach

Camp Bonney

Camp Bonney is located on the north side of Lake Bonney's east lobe, and, like Camp Fryxell, contains an old style Quonset hut. Because the slopes at Bonney are so steep, carpenters had to build a special pyramid-looking platform for helicopters supplying the camp to land on.

Camp Bonney as seen over the nose of a helicopter.
The helicopter landing pad is the yellow structure
close to the lake edge.

Photos courtesy of Karen Cozzetto. May not be used outside this website without her express permission.