Category Archives: Antarctic

Be careful what you wish for

When I arrived here, I didn’t want to leave. But now our stay has been extended. By a day. By another day. By two more days. On Thursday we did “bag drag,” where our bags were weighed and driven over … Continue reading

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A met observation and a visit to Scott’s hut

I woke up this morning to a happy birthday to Alice announcement over the PA, followed by some very loud Christmas music – Santa Claus is Coming to Town. When I got up there were Christmas decorations and trees everywhere. … Continue reading

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Science on the sea ice

Yesterday my fellow writers (James and Alice) and I went on an amazing helicopter trip to Cape Evans (to see Scott’s Hutt), to Cape Royds (to see Shackleton’s Hut and the Adelie penguin colony) and to Lake Hoare in the … Continue reading

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Big. White. Cold. Awesome.

“The problem is, when you get back, people always ask you what Antarctica is like. What do you say?” said Stu Arnold, our field trainer, shrugging and looking out across the endless white plain of the Ross Ice Shelf. After … Continue reading

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I don’t want to go to Antarctica tomorrow

I started today feeling very grumpy about having to go to Antarctica tomorrow. I missed my family as soon as I left for Christchurch, the strawberries in my garden were about to ripen, and I had a headache. And it … Continue reading

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Learning to pee standing up

Among all the firsts I expect to experience over the next week – my first step on the continent of Antarctica! My first ride in a C-17 Globemaster! My first night in a tent in subzero temperatures! – I get … Continue reading

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