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Behind the scenes #3

Date posted: January 31st, 2018

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 will light up like that of a kid in a candy store because the BFC contains all the outdoor gear and  deep field equipment that you can ever imagine. …Read more.

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

Date posted: January 29th, 2018

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. …Read more.

Freshies

Date posted: January 26th, 2018

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. …Read more.

Excitement over the arrival of the cargo vessel

Date posted: January 26th, 2018

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. …Read more.

Hut Point Loop Trail

Date posted: January 23rd, 2018

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. …Read more.

Work, fun, and a penguin

Date posted: January 22nd, 2018

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. …Read more.

“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.

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