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Antarctica » Antarctica » McMurdo Station October 28th 2010

Happy Camper is yet another training course that all field camp participants need to complete before deploying to the field. It is basically training specific towards camping/surviving in Antarctica. We were given a rundown on tent setup including Scott tents and four season expedition tents, as well as camp setup, wind direction and basic do’s and don’t when faced with the extreme climate of Antarctica. After a morning of classroom instruction focusing on health and hazards in the Antarctic, we set out for the camp location. The weather was fair, it was snowing but with the storm systems comes warm air. Our group of 20 started building camp, one of the major components of camps in the Antarctic is a snow wall to block the wind and provide protection for the tents. The wall was ... read more

Antarctica » Antarctica » Belgrano II Station October 23rd 2010

I've got the money back from my now unnecessary flight from Hawaii to Japan and spent it on a trip to Greece. For the cost of a one way flight from Honolulu to Tokyo I got a return flight to Athens and four days in a five star hotel in the city centre. Go figure! Off on 1 November and will update from the birthplace of Western civilisation and culture.... read more

Antarctica » Antarctica » McMurdo Station October 18th 2010

I have been in Antarctica for a little over a week now and, so far I would say that I am having a very positive experience. Everyone I meet is super down to earth, I feel as if I will develop so strong lifelong relationships with most of my friends down here. Yesterday I went for a day hike with a couple that I meet, Anna and her boyfriend Dane, two super cool people who I hope to hang with sometime off the Ice. We did a trail called the ridge trail. It was hyper windy, with the wind chill around -20F. The trail started at Discovery hut and worked its way up the hill from there. The sites were beautiful and the wind made the journey that much more challenging. I have a much ... read more
Ridge Trail
Royal Society Range
SOOO Cold

Antarctica » Antarctica » McMurdo Station October 16th 2010

After too short a stay in New Zealand, (not even 3 days!) up at 4am for the ride to the airport. No aftershocks from the recent big quake here since yesterday, at least that I felt! We arrived at Christchurch Intl. Airport, at the joint US/NZ Antarctic terminal, dressed in our (ECW) Extreme Cold Weather clothing ) and waited for our USAF C-17 flight to Mcmurdo Station, some 5 hours and 2000 miles to the south. I walked around on the grounds at dawn, smelling the wet Nz grass, a bit chilly and contemplating the thought of going to another world, as it really is in many ways. And off we were, over the Southern Ocean and eventually landing at the sea ice runway at Mcmurdo Station.... read more
polar gear...
C-17
cockpit C-17

Antarctica » Antarctica » McMurdo Station October 14th 2010

Life in McMurdo goes on and besides the extreme cold, reminds me a lot of college. Their are a wide variety of activities to do and their is always work to be done. There are plenty of people to meet and all have an interesting story to tell. The mess hall is reminiscent of a freshman cafeteria, except the food is much better. Every meal comes with desert so for those of you with a hyper sweet tooth, this is the place to be. The last couple of days I have been busy with my GPR training (Ground Penetrating Radar). The GPR will be used in combination with a Piston Bully to search for crevices along our traverse route to Coulman High. The Piston Bully, similar to a Snow cat, is equipped with a large boom ... read more
GPR Training
Me

Antarctica » Antarctica » McMurdo Station October 9th 2010

Well I made it, and yes the rumors are true, it is cold. Although surprisingly not as cold as I thought it would be. The departure form Cristchurch was less like an airplane flight and more like a military operation, loud people telling you what to do and many rules and regulations to follow. Considering it was a military operation I guess I can't complain that much. When I went to exit the aircraft upon arrival a strange feeling came over me, I had never been so unaware of what I would see and feel once I walked out the door. I have been skydiving but somehow exiting this plane on the ground was much more nerve-racking then jumping out of the other one. I was totally prepared to be blasted with gail force winds and ... read more
Cockpit C-17
Mountains
C-17


Ellie: Despite the fish tank, we're back at our favourite cafe. Today we went to Nusa Dua. Upon arrival we were expecting a line of gleaming five star hotels, backing on to a pristine beach. We were dropped off near a car park, some litter, and some men on jet-skis shouting "water spor? water spor?" Oh. Luckily we weren't put off and set off in search of a nicer patch of sand. It didn't take long to find the row of gleaming hotels we were expecting. I managed to sweet talk a nice Indonesian man called Davna (or something) into letting us have a day on the sun loungers at "Oasis" hotel for only 40 000 rupiah (about three quid). We basked there smugly all day, complete with stripy five star towels. Unfortunately, lying about being ... read more

Antarctica » Antarctica » McMurdo Station July 8th 2010

The 2009 - 2010 season was the year of the Penguin. If I saw one, I saw a thousand. The descriptions under each photo tells it all. If you have any questions, please email me at k1frei@yahoo.com.... read more
Antarctica 2009 - 2010 Season
Antarctica 2009 - 2010 Season
Antarctica 2009 - 2010 Season

Antarctica » Antarctica March 22nd 2010

This is going to be a hard blog to write because words can´t really do it justice. People say that a lot, and you hear it from the advertising for Antarctica, but it really is true. We boarded our ship, the MS Expedition, on the 13th March, and ahead of us lay a two day voyage across the Drake Passage. The ´Drake´ is notorious for its storms and rough seas. Crossings are usually very unpleasent and its known as the ´Drake Shake´. We however were very lucky and on the way over had the opposite (the Drake Lake). The weather was so good that we arrived in our first port of call half a day early. The voyage over was spent listerning to lectures about the geography, history and biology of Antarctica, as well as bird, ... read more
Will and a Gentoo Penguin
A Happy Weddell Seal!
Leopard Seal making a kill




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