South Pole is closing. The season is ending. Temperatures are dropping. Rumor around the water cooler is that tomorrow may be the last nice day for a while. Word is -80s are coming. -80F is too cold for flights to land. I’m either out of here tomorrow or Thursday. I’ve handed over my keys to … More Pole closing update.
“I’m glad you didn’t die” Doctor Dave, my on-ice colleague, says to me with a smirk and a bit of snark, as I relay the results of my unplanned science experiment. He appears mostly entertained, but also slightly horrified. Earlier this week we discussed my plan to ski out the back of the station past … More My own Guinea Pig
It’s a strange relationship we have to tourists down here. For instance, I had dinner with Anthony Bourdain last night. And by “had dinner with” I clearly mean sat three tables away. But, we were both eating dinner at the same time in the same galley, thus we had dinner. Some folks were excited. Apparently, … More Oooohhhh….celebrities
“Auto-lockers suck. They get all kinds of crap stuck in them, freeze shut. Just suck. But OSHA says we have to use them. And we do everything OSHA says…” Old Salty is imparting his years of wisdom on my mountain rescue candidate class. The sarcasm is dripping thicker than the glacial snow we’re standing on. … More Safety equipment is a pain
In 490 B.C., Phillipides ran from Marathon to Athens to inform the Greeks of their victory over the Persians. It would prove a turning point in Greco-Persian history. The ensuing 200 years would prove vital to the development of Western Civilization. In honor of Phillipides and his contribution, the first Olympic games in the late … More Very poor decision making
The ice I’m standing on is about 9000ft thick and is moving about 10 meters per year. The entire ice sheet is slowing moving towards the Weddell Sea, generally westward. As the ice sheet moves, it takes our home with it, and the marker identifying the Geographic South Pole. In order to compensate for this, … More New Year, new Pole
Zeus and Poseidon, Thor and Loki, Santa and his little sister. History is littered with familial disparity. One sibling gets all the glory and the other is the left over. Well, let me tell you what Santa is really like. Growing up it was all wedgies, wet willies and he even tried to buy “Go” … More Santa’s better half
After getting my college degree, multiple EMS certifications and finally, my post-grad license as a PA, I thought I had done all the schooling I needed to get some sweets jobs. As an undergraduate student, I drove between Texas and California with some regularity. Campus was outside of San Jose and home was Dallas. It … More Back to school?!?! Again?!?!?!
The air here is thick and temperatures are warm. People are in t-shirts. It’s a veritable tropical paradise. The temps were, allegedly, in the POSITIVE 20s. Roughly 50s degrees separates where I started the day and where I ended it. I am in the beach front escape known as McMurdo. And I’ll be here until … More #2 for the win!
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….