Thursday, August 16, 2018

More Pictures

I have been uploading my Palmer Station videos to YouTube. On the settings (the small gear on the bottom right side of the viewing screen) select HD for the best quality.


The seaice is starting to freeze over.



A view of the continent.




Driving to work with a passenger.



Palmer Station is powered by two 250KW diesel generators along with a smaller emergency backup.

Everyone on station cycles through weekend (Sundays) station watches which includes the power plant and making station rounds.
Sastrugi - parallel wavelike ridges caused by winds on the surface of hard snow, especially in polar regions.

The South Pole surface is full of sastrugi.


The sea is freezing over. Hermit Island in the back.

An iceberg enclosed in ice in front of Hermit Island.

Three faces of a cold hike.



The seaice is starting to freeze over.

Palmer Station backyard and two radio High Frequency (HF) Antennas that I work on. 

A beautiful sunset glowing off the continent.

Friday, August 10, 2018

More Adventure on Marr Glacier

I have been uploading my Palmer Station videos to YouTube. On the settings (the small gear on the bottom right side of the viewing screen) select HD for the best quality.

https://youtu.be/_PyS8ta8HlE
https://youtu.be/hQAo6brpZHg
https://youtu.be/kG1ESWHder4


Shoveling at the radio repeater again. It is a 5 minute drive or a 40 minute hike.
Another good  snow shoveling at the sled.

The end of Hero Inlet.

A fine machine to drive to work with.

Almost covered with sea ice.


The last of July we finally had good weather. what a wild month of storms.

We are hoping that the sea ice freezes over then we can walk to the islands. It doesn't happen every year. 

A snowy sheathbill walking on the sea ice. He's a fat one. A very lonely life for a bird.

Hiking from the station on the right across the Marr Glacier to Bonaparte Point on the left.

This is the same view from April. What a difference in the hike. Hiking on the snow is so much easier than bouldering. 


Pretty water.

The magnificence of Antarctica.

Two pairs of giant petrels.

A collage of station midwinter greetings showing where the non-continent stations are located. 

A collage showing where the continent stations are located. 


Monday, July 30, 2018

Adventure with the Snowmachine

The radio repeater solar panel covered in ice.


Sunrise from the Marr Glacier.

I'm shoveling snow around the radio repeater sled.


Mt. Agamemnon

Several people a week help me shovel snow out of the radio repeater sled. That's me in the middle. Photo credit for the following six pictures to Doc Steve.

Scraping off the solar panel.

Mt. William in the background.

Standing before the sunrise.

Hiking home down the glacier. All in a days work. 

Hiking home through the backyard. When I arrived in March it was a much harder hike as this area is all boulders. Thanks for all the pictures of me Doc Steve!


The month of July was brutal with storms. Sometimes the winds reached hurricane strength.

Working on the glacier can be fun!





I drove snowmachines during my two South Pole winters but the flat terrain was a bit boring. It's a lot different here! Also at the South Pole once the temperature drops below -60F vehicle are no longer used since the tracks immediately freeze to the ice once stopped.