4 December...what have we here? The Polar Star has departed Seattle for the southernmost port on the planet. And at Pole, things are getting busy. Prince Harry is en route, UW drillers have been working on new access holes to the new rodwell and old rodwell/new sewer, and yet another bit of Old Pole is about to be blasted to smithereens (news).
20 November...well, perhaps the BIF is not going away quite yet...stay tuned. And there's other hot science news from Pole and elsewhere on the continent.
The first Pole LC-130 flight DID happen on 1 November as scheduled, bringing 30+ passengers. And despite some delays there now have been more flights, and a number of the 2012 winterovers have made it to New Zealand.
9 October...the USAP program was shut down except for "caretaker status"--it lasted for a week (coverage). Meanwhile, China has announced a new station at Terra Nova Bay.
8 October...the first Twin Otter passenger flight arrived from McMurdo! Two of the Kenn Borek air craft had arrived on their transit flight from Rothera en route to McM. And the McM main body flights are in full swing. But...there is that pesky U.S. government shutdown which could send most people home early.
27 September...more info is out on the main body flights...which are including an Air New Zealand B-767 test flight (without passengers). Winfly was a success and McMurdo is starting to bustle. And at Pole the Sun is up, and its return has been celebrated.
22 June...the day after Midwinter's Day, was the date of the big midwinter dinner. And as I was at a Polie reunion in New Orleans, I got to say "hi" to the winterovers. Meanwhile, we are starting to hear about the USAP plans for the upcoming summer season.
The Coldest Journey, that British winter Antarctic crossing powered by two D6's, was supposed to reach Pole before midwinters day...but after struggling in a crevasse zone far to the north, they called off the Antarctic crossing on 18 June.
17 June...NASA announced the next eight astronaut candidates, selected from more than 6,000 applicants. And one of them is fellow 2005 winterover Christina Marie Hammock! She is awesome....but you knew that.
13 June...from Auckland we have inquest reports concerning the tragic Kenn Borek Air crash in January, and from Arlington, VA we have NSF's public release of the new McMurdo master plan.
The winter had barely begun, and already there had been some awesome auroras...as well as a long weekend with 300 Club temperatures. And the tourist season for 2013-14 is heating up...it looks like it will be the year of the bicycle. Currently, two separate expeditions are planning fatbike ventures to Pole--here's hoping they all make it! Oh, and there was also a medevac from McMurdo in April...and a second one on 10 May, less than 3 weeks later.
It's not too late to apply for an Antarctic job, particularly for winterover, so on this page I've provided everything you need to know about (or at least where to find) how to get that job.
Delayed from 5 March...the final flight of the season left McMurdo on 9 March. Earlier, on 26 February the cargo vessel departed. And in February...Pole was supposed to close on Friday the 15th, but it got moved up to the 14th! And on Friday the cargo ship took the place of the tanker at the pier.
A Twin Otter went missing on a 23 January flight from Pole...and on Saturday evening the wreckage of the aircraft was found. The crash was deemed "not survivable" and the three Canadian crew members were lost.
A Polie book hot off the press...one of my fellow 2008 winterovers, Josiah Heiser, has just released the ebook of his life story...almost free (blog and purchase link).
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...
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