Nowadays the Pole winterovers went to an "outward bound" type "ropes course" which involved lots of bonding and teamwork and also incorporates the psych exam. Nowadays they have a couple weeks of serious firefighting and medical training that is just a bit more extensive than the 1-hour lecture we all had in the McMurdo firehouse. For those of us who were on board in the northern hemisphere summer of 1976, we went to the NSF planning conference at the Mountain Shadows Resort in Scottsdale, AZ. This event was and is still held for the scientists, but in our day there weren't many civilians in the program so the w/o contractor types were invited. The event featured lectures (left) by Charles Neider and Larry Gould, as well as gory frostbite slides (yes, Bill Spindler actually had to leave the room). Another interesting event was a happy hour for the w/o's. The story was that folks would watch us to see how we could handle our liquor. Of course we w/o's (from all 4 stations) stuck together and had that figured out, and we had fun putting on a show.
Here's the list of attendees which I recently received from Gary Bennett, who'd wintered at Palmer in 1975 and was returning to the ice to work at the RIGGS field camp.
Jan Boyd, H&N admin type and one of the first contractor females to spend time at Pole (not our year) (left) is talking with Dave Bresnahan, then and now one of the NSF types involved in helping the contractor keep the scientists happy.