2018-19 Season preview

Hey ANSMET followers, we're finally getting around to announcing our team for 2018-19 and giving you all a preview of the season.  First, this year's team includes equal parts veterans and newbies: John Schutt will again be the team's lead mountaineer and he will be joined by our second mountaineer,...

Adieu: Part Deux

To follow Juliane’s final post of the season, I wanted to take a moment to bid adieu as well. However, in part 1 of this tandem, she summarized everything perfectly. So, to quote John Scott on New Year’s, I’ll simply say: “Likewise”. Okay, perhaps that’s too short of a...

Goodbye: Part 1

Our last bit of cargo and the last 4 skidoos have finally arrived and with that our season is over. We are still in McMurdo waiting our turn to leave the continent (whenever it might come, still no flights out of here). The cargo vessel departed this morning and the fuel vessel...

Behind the scenes #3

When you enter the BFC (short for Berg Field Center) your eyes need a few seconds to adjust to the windowless, dimly lit container building. But if you are an outdoor lover like me, once your eyes have adjusted to the light, your heart will start racing and your eyes...

Behind the Scenes: Zeke Fenelon, I.T. Support at McMurdo Station

In a dimly lit room off in the corner of a building, the hum of servers in the background, code streams across the computer screen like a scene from The Matrix. At least that’s how Hollywood would portray it if Antarctica I.T. Support ever made its way onto the...

Freshies

After 2 months now without “freshies” (freshies is everything fresh and raw: vegetables like lettuce, cucumbers, carrots, fruit like apples, bananas, oranges, etc.) we are starting to fantasies about them a lot. Every lunch and dinner is met with the hope that maybe today there will be some kind...

Excitement over the arrival of the cargo vessel

       Today all of McMurdo was in a frantic mood. The cargo vessel was due to arrive. In preparation, large areas were closed off for cargo container storage overnight, specifically the area between building 155, where the galley is located, and all the dorm buildings. It was...

Hut Point Loop Trail

This day today greeted us with a temperature drop to -11C. Still a lot warmer than what we had experienced in the deep field but without our protective gear we did feel the icy wind cutting into our faces quite a bit. We spent most of the morning with...

Work, fun, and a penguin

Another two days have passed here in McTown with lots of work, some fun, and magical nature. The weather has been tropical -2C and we feel really warm, way too warm. We got Sunday off and so some of our team members went on the big Castle Rock Loop...

“Coastie Day” in McMurdo

With the green fog lifted, that cartoon-like haze of smell we all know you’re imagining surrounding us as we arrived in McMurdo, we’ve been getting things clean (real clean, not field clean) and organized to round out the field season. Gear and even half our skidoos are in the...