Blogs from Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, Antarctica, Antarctica - page 3


Sorry for not poppin anything up here for awhile, and thank you to everyone for the e-mails reminding me to do so. With a shakey internet conection and the numerous things going on at all times over here it's been challenging to keep this going, but here's a quick recap...i'll try and include as many random details as possible. - Went to Madrid. Very cool city. Has a park in the middle which used to be the kings hunting ground and which now resembles an enchanted forest. It's a great place to find a nook and relax with a book, or a nap. Between the three days we saw about 8 museums, the palace, and a number of other historical sites/monuments. Best part of this was CIEE (the company i am here with) split us into ... read more

Oh, and the light in my room just stright fell right on my head. luckly its just a plastic fixture, and conveniently fell on my head like a hat....I am still wearing it was we speak and am about to go march into the living room to show it off to the Span Fam. Buenas Noches... read more

Ok just a quickie...we're back in Perth...arrived yesterday and had a much needed night out. Started on a few bottles of wine, from the Southern region, then head out about 10ish....straight to 'The Deen', which is one of the must publicised venues. It wasnt that busy when we first arrived, but it was rammed within an hour...We left there about 2ish and popped over to a place called 'Paramount'. En-route i got stopped for carrying a bottle of jack and coke...police officer told me to throw it away, so i asked if i could finish it. He said if i have one more mouthful i would be fined $200, so it wouldn't have been a great idea. However, intoxicated by the jack and wine, i turned my back and walked over to the bin while sneaking ... read more

I left South Pole on the 1300 flight back to McMurdo. I took some more photos at the pole marker and said goodbye to this remarkable place, wondering when I would be back. The flight home was easy. 8 souls on board and I got to ride in the cockpit during take off which was really fun. I napped most of the way back to station and arrived in time for a big dinner. Vessel Offload has started and Station is a little bit crazy. Lots of loaders and trucks are moving mil-vans around station and then down to the dock where they are being loaded onto the American Tern Vessel. Most of my friends in town are working night shifts and I think I am ready to head back to Christchurch.... read more
Pole Marker
Ice Sculpture
South Pole International Airport

Today I woke up and drank 2 liters of water before brunch. Fresh fruit, omelettes lots of tasty pastries, a great way to start the day. After Brunch Scotty took a few of us through the tunnels and gave a tour of the off limits underground ice tunnels and facilities. The temperature down there was -66C and by the end my glasses were totally fogged along with the LCD screen on the video camera. I don’t have any pix - Ill have to get them off of the video footage later. I spent a few more hours filming some shots for the seal men movie and for the Herzog unnamed Antarctica film and then showed a prelease screening of Herzog’s Rescue Dawn. After the movie I had just enough time to pack and then get to ... read more
South Pole Greenhouse

This morning I got up in time for breakfast and got a good start to my day. I met Jason, who is the winterover science support tech at pole, at his office at 8:00 to plan for the day. We decided we would prep the site in the morning and hope that cargo would have time to bring the Thermos Flask Box out to the site in the afternoon. We walked over to Cargo and talked with Webster about bringing the flask out in the afternoon. We Borrowed a banana sled and a couple of shovels. Jason offered to pull the sled which was great because today is my second day here at Pole and I have not acclimatized yet. It is -52F out today with windchill, and Im surprised at how long I can work ... read more
Installation site from last year
Digging out the old box

We arrived this morning on Mission P318. It was -28C and -42C with windchill. I unloaded off the plane and people were there to greet me saying that George Blaisdell had asked them to take good care of me. People at Pole are really nice and the station is amazing. I definitely felt the altitude after the walk from the skyway to the station, having to stop and catch my breath. It wasn’t so much the exercise, instead I noticed it most when I was trying to move my body and speak at the same time. I guess that is what that extra 25% oxygen is for. We had a quick in-brief with Beth and then I found my room B1-101. I took a short walk inside the building, and given that it is at ... read more
Inside the C-130
Arriving at South Pole Station
I made it!

This is me at Scott base camp in the Antarctic. It was just me and another guy, John, that had set out together and for six months leading up to our departure we thought we’d managed to plan for every single eventuality. We knew exactly where we were to be by what time every day and packed only a little more food than was required for the whole trip. But, true to form, the schedule went a little bit to shit to say the least. We got held up by a massive, unexpected snow storm for more days than we had allowed for, and on the way back we were running pretty low on supplies. This photo was taken two days before we returned. At that camp we met another guy who was just heading out. ... read more

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