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Month: December 2019

McMurdo Station Finally

After 10 days of delays in Christchurch, we finally made it to McMurdo Station and in doing so, I stepped foot in Antarctica for the first time!

Internet is very slow here at the station so unfortunately I can’t upload pictures to my blogs. Follow me on instagram ( and twitter ( for pictures and more frequent updates!

We will be at the station for about 1 week while we go through training in field safety, emergency survival, and crevasses rescue. When the training is complete, hopefully the weather will be good enough for us to fly to WAIS divide camp and then onto our research site on Thwaites Glacier. 

We should be doing field work at that site until the end of January (about 4 to 5 weeks camping on the glacier!). During that time, I will be conducting radar surveys using a snowmobile to pull the scientific equipment along 20 km transects across the glacier.

Internet will be nonexistent in the field so I won’t be able to post much more until I return… maybe one more blog before we fly to our field site depending on weather and internet speed! I should be able to post on Twitter from the field site so check for that. Otherwise I should be back to CA in early February and will post lots of blogs and pictures about the field season then!

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I wish I was writing this blog from Antarctica but unfortunately I’m still in Christchurch, NZ due to unfavorable landing conditions at McMurdo Station. I’ve been on standby for the last three days and it could still be a while before I can depart. 

I met up with my field team (first time meeting in person!) and on Tuesday we checked in at the US Antarctica Program base to go through training and receive our issued clothing. I had fun trying on big red!

Going through some training at the clothing distribution center

Besides that, I’ve just been exploring Christchurch and trying to soak up all the summer weather here.

Hopefully my next blog will be from the ice! Stay tuned.

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A few days in New Zealand

I’ve had a couple days to explore New Zealand before starting the next leg of my journey to Antarctica. Here are some pictures I’ve taken over the last few days! Some of the highlights were a gorgeous lupin bloom at Lake Takapo, great glacier hiking near Mount Cook, and climbing some peaks near Queenstown. Enjoy all the photos! Tomorrow I report to the US Antarctica Program base in Christchurch for briefings and to pick up my gear at the Clothing Distribution Center. 

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