SOUTH POLE STATION, ANTARCTICA: Another road trip to the Pole... except this one was part of our (USAP) program and brought us supplies from McMurdo as a test to see if it's feasible and cheaper to drive supplies to the pole instead of flying them.
SOUTH POLE STATION, ANTARCTICA: You've got to have the right tool for the job. Actually, this is the box our shovels and picks came in, but we thought it'd be more fun to re-lable the box.
SOUTH POLE STATION, ANTARCTICA: Come mid summer and it's absolutely sizzling outside. Why not sit out on a nice bench... next to a fuel tank?
SOUTH POLE STATION, ANTARCTICA: The labor continues. Derick and Jill (r.) pound up the snow at the stairs to keep folks from slipping.
SOUTH POLE STATION, ANTARCTICA: The NGA's (Non-Government Activity - aka tourists/adventurers) were frequent at the pole. This group set a new world record by driving to the South Pole in under 70 hours! More on them at voyageconcepts.co.uk.
SOUTH POLE STATION, ANTARCTICA: Getting around at the South Pole is often done on the back of a snowmobile on a sled.
SOUTH POLE STATION, ANTARCTICA: The weather is always interesting... here a cloudbank finally rolls along after covering the pole for the past few days.
SOUTH POLE STATION, ANTARCTICA - equipment: Mantis Crane
SOUTH POLE STATION, ANTARCTICA
SOUTH POLE STATION, ANTARCTICA: The first pannels of siding going up on the new station. The cafeteria is beind those windows.
SOUTH POLE STATION, ANTARCTICA: Snow Formation. This was once a strip of snow up along the building side, but the sun has caused it to slowy soften and peal away... looks like a sea horse.
SOUTH POLE, ANTARCTICA; Self portrait at the ceromonial South Pole. The snow on me is from rolling around in the snow to try to get some interesting angles for the photos.
Back to the South Pole to try some new image angles and a new angle of light.
SOUTH POLE, ANTARCTICA; Roald Amunsden and his Norwegan party were the first to set foot here at the pole. Robert F. Scott led an English expedition and arrived just over a month later. Amundsen made it back home. Scott and his party died on the way back across the continent.
SOUTH POLE, ANTARCTICA; Right next to the ceremonial South Pole is the 'actual' or Geographic South Pole.
SOUTH POLE, ANTARCTICA; It wasn't until my third day here that I actually made a visit out to the specific point of the South Pole. This is the ceremonial South Pole, with the flags of the founding nations of the Antarctic Treaty.