I’m back — just done with my long journey from Antarctica back to California — and already my time in Antarctic feels otherworldly. There’s a giant two month gap in my normal life going back to mid November when I departed, but now the pause button has suddenly switched off and normal life resumed. I’m left with the strange feeling that December and January were just erased while simultaneously my head is spinning through recollections of some of the greatest adventures I’ve ever had.
If you’ve ever wanted to know what it’s like to go to Antarctica for glaciology research, this blog (and the following ones) are for you.
Let’s rewind the clock to December 16th, the day after I posted my last blog from McMurdo Station. As I mentioned in that blog, starting the moment you arrive at McMurdo Station you have to go through a huge amount of training. This ranges from information on how the station operates and your role as part of the community to field trainings to prepare you to survive some of the coldest and harshest conditions anywhere on the planet. On top of the crammed training schedules, my field team also had a heap of cargo — both science and camp gear — to organize and pack for the upcoming flights out to our field sites.
This time in McMurdo was also our last days of enjoying actual beds, showers, and indoor heating. Here’s some pictures from my week in McMurdo.