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A day of rest

Date posted: December 30th, 2015

Overnight the howling winds completely disappeared, and we awoke to a beautiful, warm day. Antarctica sure doesn’t like it when we move camp–we’re 0 for 2 on move days thus far. …Read more.

Camp move: Complete

Date posted: December 29th, 2015


Without having done even an informal poll of ANSMET team members other than Morgan, I think I speak for everyone when I say we’re feeling pretty beat after today’s adventure. …Read more.

Some awesome flying in another windstorm

Date posted: December 28th, 2015

We the first traverse team at the new campsite awoke to ~25 mph winds, which threatened to derail our flying traverse plans. A new plan was hatched that involves using both the Basler and a Twin Otter to ferry cargo and people to our new campsite. …Read more.

Very quick update from Traverse Team 1

Date posted: December 28th, 2015


The first team of traversers (Morgan, Jim, Brian, and Nina) have made it to the new campsite! We have begun to set up camp and to groom the Basler runway for tomorrow’s flying traverse. …Read more.

Moving camps, and a bit more Christmas detail

Date posted: December 27th, 2015

We have received word that our so-called “flying traverse” camp move to our south Miller Range field site may happen as soon as tomorrow. A flying traverse is when we pack as much as we can on to the sledges we can tow behind our skidoos and then the rest of our gear is packed on to the Basler, and then we move all of it and us to the new campsite. …Read more.

A very merry ANSMET Christmas

Date posted: December 26th, 2015

Greetings from the ANSMET Christmas/Boxing Day party! We started our day recovering meteorites, but took some time off to celebrate the holiday this afternoon and evening. Impressive amounts of food have been created and consumed in tents, drinks have been imbibed, presents have been opened, and now it’s time for our individual messages to our friends and families. …Read more.

A Christmas miracle; or, I got 92 problems but meteorites ain’t one

Date posted: December 25th, 2015

Today was Christmas Day here in the Miller Range, and it was such a glorious morning that we just had to go back to the site of our meteorite feeding frenzy of yesterday to see if we could find more meteorites. …Read more.

Dear Santa, the PI has been a good boy.

Date posted: December 24th, 2015

Well,  I’ve tried to be good.
If you’re a long-term reader of the blog you know I’m at home this year, here in absurdly-warm (60’s) Novelty, Ohio.   Given I’m MUCH closer to the North Pole than the field team,  I’ve sent off the letter to Santa below, in the hopes he’s feeling generous. …Read more.

The answer to life, the universe, and everything, plus one

Date posted: December 24th, 2015

Yeah….ANSMET 15-16 got its groove on. After yesterday’s foggy and snowy tent day, this morning was sunny and warm (9 degrees F) and calm. We set off to the north for about 12 miles to an ice field that was…….covered in snow. …Read more.

Tent Day: Success

Date posted: December 23rd, 2015

The foggy weather of this morning turned to light snow in the afternoon, so it was all tent all day today. We made good use of our time:
–Morgan baked delicious biscuits and brought them tent to tent. …Read more.

Weather delay, and a word to our sponsors

Date posted: December 22nd, 2015

This morning we awoke to a thick fog that is obscuring visibility to ~50 meters. This is the first time thus far in the season that we have experienced the infamous Antarctic fog, which is described in detail in the journals of Scott, Shackleton, and Amundsen. …Read more.

Destination Unknown

Date posted: December 22nd, 2015

We woke to a beautiful sunny morning, with almost no wind. Last night, as we went to bed, bad weather was coming in, and we thought we might not be able to go out today. …Read more.

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