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“Coastie Day” in McMurdo

Date posted: January 19th, 2018

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. …Read more.

First night in McMurdo

Date posted: January 17th, 2018

We arrived. Yesterday we got pulled out of Shackleton Glacier Camp via Basler and arrived in McMurdo (also lovingly called McTown) in the late afternoon. Now the entire team is reunited again, finally! …Read more.

Successful pull-out to Shackleton

Date posted: January 16th, 2018

We made it!! We were successfully pulled out today to Shackleton. The wind had picked up a bit last night and the temperature had dropped even more. It was really cold this morning but so very beautiful. …Read more.

Back in McMurdo, taking the “reek” out of recon…

Date posted: January 16th, 2018

Team B is back in McMurdo after a 400 mile journey on a 70+ year old aircraft. A 1944 (modernized) DC-3 (Basler) was our ride today, getting us back to McMurdo just in time for dinner. …Read more.

Behind the Scenes: Francis Sheil, Head Chef at Shackleton Glacier Camp

Date posted: January 15th, 2018

A native of Lawrence Kansas, Francis Sheil found his way to Antarctica in 2007. He was an executive chef at a small restaurant with travel aspirations. A friend of his worked in the program here and, after a few phone calls, he found himself at the bottom of the world, only planning to work that one season. …Read more.

A new day tomorrow

Date posted: January 15th, 2018

Our pull-out got canceled today around 2:30pm. Weather conditions at Shackleton Glacier Camp were too treacherous to fly in and didn’t improve even though weather conditions here at Mt. Cecily are still splendid with crystal clear blue skies and no clouds. …Read more.

What is this white stuff falling from the sky?

Date posted: January 14th, 2018

We awoke today prepared to make our way back to McMurdo. However, early this morning, camp was heavily fogged and by the time the two-hour hold passed it was snowing and visibility was a few 100m at most. …Read more.

Pull-out update

Date posted: January 14th, 2018

Today is the most beautiful day we had all season long. Barely any wind, brilliant blue skies, no clouds to be seen in any direction of the sky. We can even see the tips of mountains to the north (Davis Ward?) so clear is it today. …Read more.

Pinnacles and meteorites

Date posted: January 14th, 2018

Yesterday afternoon the winds died down a bit and we were able to head out to our “achondrite orchard” ice field to pull the flags. We had A LOT of flag on that ice field. …Read more.

Lazy Sunday in SHG

Date posted: January 13th, 2018


Sunday in Shackleton. Beautiful mountains, phenomenal weather, fed three square meals a day, our own tents, no more ‘Poo bucket’; what more could we ask for?
In reality, there isn’t an enormous amount to do around here, but while away the time. …Read more.

25 things you may not have realized about life in the Antarctic deep field…

Date posted: January 12th, 2018

We are still waiting for that flight to McMurdo and rumour has it Tuesday could be our first chance. In lieu of a blog post comprising what we filled our time with today, we offer instead a list of “25 things about ANSMET life that you may not have realized”. …Read more.

Pull-out or not to Pull-out

Date posted: January 12th, 2018

Friday we woke up to howling 25 knots winds and -5F (-20C) with a windchill of -40F, so a normal day here in the field. We have finished searching our beloved moraine and besides pulling flags we are pretty much done with our work here. …Read more.

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