New Year, new Pole

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

#2 for the win!

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!

Getting smaller….

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….

The Warm Escape

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

Inhospitable

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