Beard Award

Biblical

Because Elio is in town (Tristan too), he was able to bring me my award certificate from the BIBLICAL category of the 7th Continent (that’s Antarctica) Beard and Moustache Competition. My flight home was the evening of the contest, so I was unable to retrieve the certificate myself. Enjoy! (I know I do.) […]

Antarctica 2010-2011: Panoramas

summit_trail

In addition to the “title page” images”, one other already existing set of images I really like are the panoramas. I have recollected them into this post. […]

Antarctica 2010-2011: Title Images

Group and Erebus

Group and Erebus

After taking over 13000 photographs—and posting almost 2500!—I have a lot to show for my trip to Antarctica. I would like to fulfill a request to come up with a set of my favourite images, but the task […]

C-17

Landing

Landing

Finally, just after dinner on the 21st, Matt and I happened to encounter the Runway Czar. He’s the one that decides whether or not the C-17 can land, and thus the one who had been delaying my flight. He said that while the flight […]

Last Day

Another Skua

Another Skua

After one more delayed flight, on the 21st of January I was getting bored of McMurdo and really eager to go home. My boredom was at least partially due to doing almost nothing, so I spent the afternoon with Annamarie. She, […]

Delayed, Oden, PENGUIN!

Bit More Flapping

Bit More Flapping

On the 20th, my flight back to Christchurch had been delayed. The unusually warm weather was making trouble for the ice runway over at the Pegasus Airfield. Flights had started to land only in the coldest part of […]

Sauna-to-Pole, Leaving

Ceremonial Pole

Ceremonial Pole

On the 19th I left the pole, back to McMurdo and eventually home. In the previous evening, I had convinced a few people to join me spending some time building up warmth in the sauna and then dashing outside to the […]

Waiting

The Claw!

The Claw!

LDB is waiting. Matt and Elio are waiting for good weather near the gondola to fly out for recovery. Most of the riggers, techs, and the super-pressure balloon team are waiting for good weather to launch. Everyone is waiting to go […]

BLAST Ops

BLAST Ops

BLAST Ops

A few days ago, Don randomly showed up on his way to pole. Naturally, he visited us in the BLAST Ops room. Since he was there during one of those rare times when all six drivers were in the room, we […]

Termination

Highly Accurate Map

Highly Accurate Map

At 9:31 local time (NZDT) BLAST-Pol terminated. It now rests about 630km away, roughly along the South Pole Traverse.

The gondola is at rest, we think it might be upright-ish, and systems still work good enough for us […]