Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station

Welcome to Pole
Pole in January 15
Here is a January 2015 photo by Peter Rejcek...I like it because it illustrates that the geographic
Pole is moving away from the station (well, actually it's vice versa). The full size photo is in the
Antarctic Photo Library. Are those snowdrifts getting deeper? From what I've seen, the snowdrifts
are now much deeper than I remember. This page includes a series of comparison photos I took in
2005 and 2008 of the drifting around the elevated station.

dome deconstruction photos...construction photo index...2013 aerial photos
sorry but this is NOT an official Pole website :((   (more info)

South Pole News...

23 June...medevac updates...the Twin Otter arrived at Pole around 0900 SP time on the 22rd...and departed around 2300...arriving at Rothera with both patients approximately 0515 on 23 June. They immediately boarded the second Twin Otter, which got them to Punta Arenas at 1341 the same day.

16 June...yes, there is a Pole medevac underway...announced yesterday. No, I don't know any more than what NSF has announced, but what I do know is here. Stay tuned...

1 June...the darkest month of the year, which means there are great auroras visible. Satellites...a new one is up, an old one is going down. An elusive inactive icebreaker (the Polar Sea) was recently sighted and documented on the Columbia River off Astoria. And...there is a job opening for 2018 winter site manager.

27 April...it is winter and dark at Pole. There are things happening...a new Phoenix Airfield at McMurdo...the replacement BIF at Pole...some new website/blog links, and an extensive new list of planned 2016-17 nongovernmental visitors. News....

16 February...the closing flight did happen, leaving behind 48 folks. 15 February it tried, and boomeranged, as visibility was too poor for a landing.

29 January--aircraft issues including a C-130 stuck at Pole, a Twin Otter losing a ski on takeoff prompting an emergency response (no injuries), and of course passengers stuck everywhere. The Polar Star was having mechanical problems...and NGO skier Henry Worsley who'd visited Pole earlier this month was evacuated near the end of his journey...and died in Punta Arenas.

18 January...the last month of summer...means that the McMurdo shipping season is beginning...the Polar Star was breaking ice south of Winter Quarters Bay, and the cargo vessel Ocean Giant has been sighted in Lyttelton. And...there's a new Pole marker!

17 November...and there was Pole news coming from Whidbey Island, WA...where Al Baker has appealed his murder conviction. The conviction was upheld, but there was to be a new sentencing hearing.

The summer season began on 27 October when the Basler arrived from McMurdo with fresh foods and faces! It was followed a few days later by the first Herc. A couple weeks earlier--14 October...the first Kenn Borek aircraft arrived.

12 October...the season began for many of the 2016 winterovers...as many have gathered in Denver and Estes Park for 2 weeks of training.

Want an Antarctic job? On this page I've provided everything you need to know about (or at least where to find) how to get a job...updated frequently.

The dome is gone. And the most comprehensive web collection of dome deconstruction photos is here! And the message boards are still around...stop by the new home of Mike Poole's Antarctic Memories, which now includes the archives of Glenn Grant's Iceboard. If you have questions or problems with this excellent resource...the best place for info on jobs and life on the ice, ask me for help!

My second winter was in 2005 as the Title II Inspector (huh, what's that?)...and stayed on for a month after the 21 October station opening until the summer person showed up. I returned to the US on 21 January after 2 months in NZ/OZ. Hopefully before I left I wasn't too toasty to write a feature article for the 30 October 2005 Antarctic Sun..... Read it for yourself and decide...

More news updated 28 June.


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updated 28 June 2016
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