Monthly Archives: January 2015

Castle Rock

A two-mile hike from McMurdo, Castle Rock is a beautiful rock outcropping and lovely escape from the hustle bustle of industrial McMurdo.  A seemingly short walk, I’ve always managed to make this into a longer trip with multiple warm-up snack stops at the two warming huts, a.k.a. apples, along the way.

December 6th with Shannon

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YAY!!!

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Mt. Erebus smoking in the background – the southern most active volcano on earth!

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Too much snow still to climb to the top, we were very content to enjoy the amazing views from the side of the rock.

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Wind-scoured ski tracks on the trail looking back towards McMurdo

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Melting snow and ice formations…

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…in dirt

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After-hike beers in the sun on the 201 dorm back porch

January 30th with Hasmin

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On top of the rock!

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Sunny, super windy and chilly!

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Hasmin playing cold

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View to the southeast around 3:00 am. I’m working nights right now so this was the middle of my day off!

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Apple

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Ceiling of an apple

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Hasmin kicking back and enjoying a Black Russian in a plastic penguin cup in an apple.

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Still life in an apple

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Ice Weather

Roof of building 165 where I work.  Weather instruments, antennae, satellites and great viewsP1080117 P1080113 P1080109 P1080107 P1080100 P1080097

Austen, an awesome weather observer, let me tag along and launch one of the twice-daily weather balloons – so cool!

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One day…

This was such a good day: got off of work, rounded up a couple bikes and headed to the Happy Camper site to check out the scene for future fun camping trips through the recreation department.  This igloo provided a great respite from the cold winds blowing from the northwest.  Rode back to town and made it back with just enough time to grab a quick bite and load into a van to drive the 15 miles out to the crash site of “Pegasus” The Flying Horse.  Story here: http://www.radiocom.net/vx6/connie.htm.  Puffy pin-up pics the theme of the day…

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Inside an igloo looking out

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Warming up

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Closing the door when we left

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When anyone departs from established road they have to check out with MacOps – that’s where I work – to give a travel plan and an estimated return time so that they are being tracked just in case something happens! This is me extending our return time back to the main road.

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Igloo

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Outhouses by the igloo/ campsite

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Puffy pin-up #1 – Dylan

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Walking

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Back

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from

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Igloo

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Bikes and flat white

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Pegasus plane. The winds would have buried this long ago if it weren’t for people digging it out annually. There had just been a crew out the day before digging and the body of the plane was barely visible from less than 24 hours of wind.

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Great photo ops

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Tail grafittie #1

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Tail grafitti #2

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Tail

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Icicles

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Side view – Mt. Erebus peeking out behind the buried fuselage

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We were like a bunch of kids at recess running all over the plane, sliding down the sides, crawling underneath it and, staying to tradition, scratching our names into the plane along with the hundreds of others who have visited this site over the years.

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Puffy pin-up #2 – Lucas

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Puffy pin-up #3

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Puffy pin-up #4 – me!

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Puffy pin-up # 5

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Puffy pin-up #6

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