27 April...it is winter and dark at Pole. [And the annual rearrangement of the website furniture took longer than expected.] But 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...
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