While in the sauna we receive temperature reports every few minutes. If the temperature goes above -100 it doesn't count. When I learned that I took off. I heard "Go for it Mike, you are the first for Winter 2013!" With my towel around my waist I took off down the beercan, removed the towel and went outside and walked to the Geographic South Pole maker and sign. Once at the marker I took a picture and walked back to the station, up the beercan and back to the sauna to recover. It really wasn't that bad at all. I'm glad I joined this exclusive club.
|The temperature was -101.7 when we left - like it really makes a difference. It seems like it only takes a puff of wind to really chill it down.|
|Another special moment at the South Pole.|
|What does one do after walking naked to the South Pole marker in the winter - have an ice cold beer of course.|
|Last winter at Scott Base I participated in the Polar Plunge. The ocean water temperature was 28 degF, while the air was -40.|
|Surf and turf at the South Pole! Filet Mignon.|
|Grilled lobster tail.|
|Freshly made garlic toast, salad, croutons, and poppy seed dressing.|
As of this point I have now been at the Pole for four months with six months left to go. Unless an interesting event occurs I will not be posting weekly. We are in the middle of winter, it is extremely dark, and the temperature is routinely in the -80's degF with windchill in the -120's. The posts will be occasional now. It seems like it is time to hibernate. To those of you in the northern hemisphere - have a great summer! Enjoy the sun, trees, plants, animals, fresh fruits and vegetables and the beautiful ocean. It is indeed a wonderful world!