Nowadays the Pole winterovers go to an "outward bound" type "ropes course" which involves lots of bonding and teamwork and also incorporates the psych exam. And that is followed up with some serious firefighting 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.