December 14 – We have arrived!

  Yesterday, Elena and I (and our BFC friend, Bija) were supposed to head into the field. We were all ready and set to go by 0800 and got word that there was a 2 hour weather delay. We waited ‪until 10:00‬ only to find out that our flight out...

Day 13 – Davis-Ward

Hello World! This is Brian H. (aka Hosie, aka absentee blogger-to-date). I'm not one with a desire for a social media presence and since I've been here before, all the McMurdo prep was nothing new and exciting from me. So I've let the others take the lead. McMurdo is...

Day 12 – And then there were 4…

    As you know, John S. and friend (Hailey from the Berg Field Center) are currently already out at Davis Ward. They finished grooming the runway and were/are waiting there for the rest of the team. I’ve also heard that they’ve gotten a head start on the meteorite hunting and...

Days 10-11 Food Provisions

Fortune would be in a hard mood indeed if it allowed such a combination of knowledge, experience, ability and enthusiasm to achieve nothing. - Robert Falcon Scott The time has (hopefully) arrived for us to venture into the field.  For the last two days, however, our focus has been provisions -...

Day 9

Sunday Dec. 9, 2018 Sundays in McMurdo are a relaxing and enjoyable day for all. For most of the staff and contractors here this is their only day off each week. Today we were able to catch a few extra z’s (Nobody tell John Schutt) and at 10 am enjoyed...

Day 7 – Shakedown

The key to mission success is preparation and practice. Amundsen invested significant time and effort in preparing and testing himself, his equipment and his crew prior to attempting, and completing the greatest of all Antarctic achievements. Today, we left the comfort of McMurdo Station to conduct a “Shakedown” of...

Day 6

December 6, 2018 Last evening was quite a spectacular and amazing experience. I went on tour of the pressure ridges, just off of the coast, near New Zealand’s Scott Base. Here the local sea ice contacts the thicker ice of the Ross Ice Shelf. The force of this interaction...

Days 4 and 5 – Training, training, and more training

The last couple of days have been a blur. And I am honestly really exhausted. Adjusting to the ice isn’t bad, don’t get me wrong. It’s just different. I am constantly thirsty, always applying chapstick, eating about 6 times a day to get calories… it’s just different. And on...

Too Busy to Post (reasons / excuses)

Just in case you're wondering why the team hasn't been posting the last few days,  don't worry;  it's good news.  I've been in touch with them and they're just very busy.  Here's some reasons (call them excuses if you want). When we put together our schedule for McMurdo we...

Day 3 – The Ice

Well here we are, friends! We’ve officially made it. I am reporting from THE ICE! I think today, this morning really, is when it started to feel real for a lot of us.  This morning, we hopped on a shuttle at 5:45 am and headed back to the USAP CDC....