|The field season on Mt. Erebus is short (3-6 weeks), during which a tremendous amount of work needs to be accomplished. When the weather provides a safe and comfortable working environment, researchers spend nearly each waking hour of every day laboring in all corners of the mountain collecting data. However, when the wind speeds increase, all are forced inside. During storms, one could spend time in one's tent, but unless a person is asleep, the noise and cold quickly drive you into the hut. The lower Erebus hut is where the majority of bad weather time is spent. Here are some pictures to show how some people deal with being stuck in a small room for days at a time.|Jessie Crain calling back home from the lower Erebus hut. Jean Wardell, Jessie Crain and Noel Barstow play cards. Jessie Crain, Bill McIntosh and Chuck Kurnik sort their collections of anorthoclase crystals. Jean Pennycook baking cookies, of all things, at the Lower Erebus Hut. Sarah Krall entertaining the Erebus troops. Sarah Krall and Henry Kaiser in concert. Tim, Jeff, Jessie and Emily try to listen to their DVD over the roar of the storm. Playing some sort of game with chocolate and butterscotch chips. DVD movie time with thermarest mattresses as window shades. Jessie Crain builds a house of cards. Beth Bartel sorts through a day's worth of pictures. Sarah Krall and Bill McIntosh play a digital version of Scrabble. Nelia Dunbar decorates Phil Kyle's birthday cake. Nelia Dunbar reads/writes e-mails. Forget Breckenridge. Ski Erebus!