Travel Blogs from Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, Antarctica

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Trip to the Pole, Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, Antarctica travel blog

Trip to the Pole

A travel blog entry by austin451

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... all of our belongings palletized in cargo nets in the back of the large cargo hold in which we sit. 11/9 I'm at the South Pole. It's a little past midnight, and my thick curtain can barely block the intense sunlight through the window of my ...

Christmas at the Wrong Pole, Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, Antarctica travel blog

Christmas at the Wrong Pole

A travel blog entry by austin451

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... to match my horned balaclava.  We partied with a new world record-holder (fastest ski journey from the sea to the South Pole... but he walked), then sang an improvised song about him and his frostbite.  Other performances of the night included ...

Christmas at Santa's Summer Home, Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, Antarctica travel blog

Christmas at Santa's Summer Home

A travel blog entry by mesabree

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... unsafe with ten or so drunk and smiling Polies crammed into a three person work area.    It should be noted however, that the South Pole galley is no regular kitchen.  Most of our food has been lying frozen for the last ten years or so, and ...

South Pole Outdoor Beach Party, Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, Antarctica travel blog

South Pole Outdoor Beach Party

A travel blog entry by mesabree

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... does have its ups, though.  They have three bars with differing atmospheres, and a bowling alley. One of the perks of South Pole is you get to take fun pictures with the ceremonial pole marker, which looks just like a barber pole--red and white ...

Arrival at South Pole, Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, Antarctica travel blog

Arrival at South Pole

A travel blog entry by mesabree

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The first men to reach the South Pole were Roald Amundsen and his five-man team.  On December 14, 1911 they reached the Polar plataeu, and Amundsen recorded the following anti-climactic paragraph (later published in The South Pole : an ...

Stinky, Smelly, Sweet Pea, and Snowmobiles, Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, Antarctica travel blog

Stinky, Smelly, Sweet Pea, and Snowmobiles

A travel blog entry by austin451

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... unmapped territory of interior Antarctica, it is much cheaper to send supply vehicles overland than to fly.  Thus the South Pole Traverse was born.  Several large tractors of various design trek across the continent from the large station at ...

Happy Birthday and a Glycol Spill, Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, Antarctica travel blog

Happy Birthday and a Glycol Spill

A travel blog entry by mesabree

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... to drag "bodies" from the accident site.  These drills are supposed to be secret, but word spreads lightning-quick at South Pole, and soon, everybody knows.  Dave and I, outcast, often took an extra little stretch break and watched the goings ...

Fighting Fire with... whatever, Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, Antarctica travel blog

Fighting Fire with... whatever

A travel blog entry by austin451

... eventuality clad in our Personal Protective Equipment rated to withstand 1400F temperatures.  But it was 50 below, and my Self Contained Breathing Apparatus had a leak in the hose. Have no fear, citizens of Earth; your South Pole is in good ...

A little about Polie culture, Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, Antarctica travel blog

A little about Polie culture

A travel blog entry by austin451

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... your one-minute shower, hair frozen from the 30-second walk, to find co-workers enjoying "Space Pirates." For whatever reason the station was running at half-speed.  I don't know really why, but we like to blame the fickle barometric altitude, ...

South Pole Demographics and Ice Spouses, Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, Antarctica travel blog

South Pole Demographics and Ice Spouses

A travel blog entry by mesabree

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... moved down there in the summer, and it was just what you did if you were a Moose Pass kid.    Since South Pole has been claimed by the United States, those not citizens are Germans or Swedes working for IceCube, New Zealanders, ...

Settling in, getting used to frozen snot, Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, Antarctica travel blog

Settling in, getting used to frozen snot

A travel blog entry by austin451

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... chain, but most importantly, it's where we eat.  Note on food: everyone seems to assume that the food at the South Pole, 1,000 miles from anything resembling planet Earth, would be terrible. I assumed the same, and we were all wrong. I ...

South Pole Race Around the World: 2 miles, Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, Antarctica travel blog

South Pole Race Around the World: 2 miles

A travel blog entry by mesabree

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... I did watch second half from the galley windows... forgive me, I was really exhausted, and what most people don't realize is that South Pole is, in addition to being one of the coldest settlements on earth, extremely dry and sits on top of a glacier at ...

Skua finds and Pet Rocks (South Pole), Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, Antarctica travel blog

Skua finds and Pet Rocks (South Pole)

A travel blog entry by mesabree

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... on parachutes.  Things didn't go perfectly, and apparently flour spilled everywhere, looking like snow (which is surprisingly absent at South Pole.)  Anyhow, a lone rock fell from the sky that day, and Austin found it out on the ice flats, ...

Quickie Tour of the South Pole, Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, Antarctica travel blog

Quickie Tour of the South Pole

A travel blog entry by mesabree

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... all-encompassing tour of the station from Sous-Chef Dave, and some inert b-movie watching in the TV lounge, South Pole's national pastime.  The raised station is two stories tall on its stilts, with rubber-covered hallways, and a variety of living ...

Yum, Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, Antarctica travel blog

Yum

A travel blog entry by austin451

... These three have been working for a few years with the foremost crusty old scientists in the field at the geographic South Pole and elsewhere, researching, among other things that the rest of us will never understand, the Cosmic Microwave Background, ...

Antarctic Medical, Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, Antarctica travel blog

Antarctic Medical

A travel blog entry by mesabree

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After getting back to Summer camp from skiing, I realized I was sick.  The South Pole is a difficult place to sleep without feeling ill, and this evening it was hopeless.  It turns out, I had an infection which was spreading to my kidneys, and ...

Camping, Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, Antarctica travel blog

Camping

A travel blog entry by austin451

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... why.  Their ambition surpassed ours, and they had become the first group to ever, as far as I know, create a full-on igloo while camping at the South Pole.  It was magnificent.  Impressive, sure, but I'm glad I got some sleep in my ...

A South Pole New Year, Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, Antarctica travel blog

A South Pole New Year

A travel blog entry by mesabree

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... , and not a sloppy one on the cheek from the swaying alcoholic who happened to be next to you at that crucial moment.   South Pole New Year did not disappoint.  Though I was still seeing the station through starry eyes, most Polies had long ...

I'm still down here., Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, Antarctica travel blog

I'm still down here.

A travel blog entry by austin451

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... in a week, so the impending epidemic will be an especially sour note to end on. I had already heard through the South Pole sewing circle rumor mill that this particular dentist already had a reputation for being "psychotic."  Imagine Little Shop of ...

Antarctica Deaths, Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, Antarctica travel blog

Antarctica Deaths

A travel blog entry by mesabree

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... the ice.  He was hauling materials meant to build an airstrip to support exploration and the construction of South Pole Station.  The airstrip project was later moved to a different location, which became the currently operating Williams Air ...

Just another day?, Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, Antarctica travel blog

Just another day?

A travel blog entry by austin451

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Today I guided in a plane.  It was pretty smooth at the heavy VMF--vehicle maintenance facility--so one of the fuelies dropped by and asked if I wanted to do something fun. Before I knew it, I was out on the "flight deck" (a large area of ice ...

An Antarctica Book List, Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, Antarctica travel blog

An Antarctica Book List

A travel blog entry by mesabree

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... interesting person.  For the fans of first hand accounts.  My Life as an Explorer by Roald Amundsen Amundsen began the great race to the South Pole en route to the North, but changed his mind and made history.  For anyone dreaming ...

Time Wasting at South Pole, Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, Antarctica travel blog

Time Wasting at South Pole

A travel blog entry by mesabree

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... of this first meeting, which may or may not be convenient memory loss.  Austin accused me of being "another artist at South Pole, big surprise!"  ran around telling people I was cooler than he was because I'd been more places, and a whole lot ...

Skiing at the end of the earth (South Pole), Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, Antarctica travel blog

Skiing at the end of the earth (South Pole)

A travel blog entry by mesabree

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... so people wouldn't be lonely.   First we pick up a radio from Comms (Communications) so if we get lost in Antarctica, we can call for help.  This seems sort of silly considering the station is the only standing structure breaking up the white ...

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