“Polar exploration is at once the cleanest and most isolated way of having a bad time which has yet been devised.” -Apsley Cherry-Girard, “The Worst Journey in The World“, 1921


The Pole has gotten substantially less isolated since Cherry-Girard stumbled back to civilization as one of the survivors of the Scott expedition in 1902. We nominally have ~7 hours of internet coverage per day, with flights in almost daily during the summer. Everything I’ve read suggests that you’re fed well there  – hot breakfast, lunch, dinner and “midrats” (midnight rations) served by a dedicated kitchen crew that prides itself on its work. And folks who live in the El (Elevated Station) never have to go outside and face the cold. Positively civilized.


As low man on the Pole, I’ll be living in what’s euphemistically called “Summer Camp”, a set of heated, insulated Jamesways that appear to be somewhere between a quonset hut and army tent in terms of structural integrity. Have a look at Doug Cowen’s blog for examples of where I’ll be living.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s