There’s a saying on the ice that “you come for the adventure, but stay for the people.” While people initially come down for the challenge of living and working in Antarctica, it’s the community that tends to bring them back year after year. A certain personality type is drawn to the ice and those types … More Getting smaller….
To my back is a window that faces the rear of the station. On the other side of the window are the small huts and work stations that get shut down for winter. They are beginning to stir. Beyond those is the End of the World. The view is obscured by snow blown in from … More The Warm Escape
I’ve been told that people who go out there, in the summer, when they do go out there, which isn’t often, usually take a snow machine. We are on foot. “Man, I can’t believe how warm it feels!” It is -34F, -60F with wind chill. Fortunately, this wind isn’t blowing much, so it’s closer to … More Inhospitable
They call this the “flat white.” It’s flat as far as the eye can see. It’s white as far as the eye can see. The sun is glaring. Painfully so. Sun reflects off ice so it invades from every angle. Even looking out from the galley through a curtain causes spots in my vision when … More End of the World
Nov3, 2016 I met up with a friend, who was also headed back to the ice, at LAX. It would prove fortunate, because when we landed in Christchurch, 12 hours and a few movies later, representatives from the program were waiting for her. But not for me. Upon seeing members of the program waiting for … More Amundsen-Scott Station