Monday, February 8, 2016

McMurdo Dry Valleys

The McMurdo Dry Valleys are located on the western coast of McMurdo Sound and form the largest relatively ice-free area on the Antarctic continent. Characterized by extreme cold and little precipitation, the Dry Valleys is a region where life approaches its environmental limits and the ideal location for Long Term Ecological Research (LTER), an interdisciplinary study of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. To successfully accomplish this research, scientists must be present in the field. Samples and measurements cannot be obtained remotely and experiments must be conducted in situ if they are to have any relevance to the environment.

Friday, November 27, 2015

South Pole Traverse

During the 2015 austral spring, the South Pole Traverse traveled 1035 miles from McMurdo Station to the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station to deliver approximately 100,000 gallons of fuel in support of research conducted by the United States Antarctic Program.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Staying Connected and Calling for Help

photo by Frank Hurley

Had he been able, would Shacklton have called for help and forfeited becoming the hero of the greatest survival story ever told?

Monday, December 8, 2014

Olaus Murie Christmas Tree

 "Olaus Tree"

In celebration of Christmas and the winter solstice is an ancient tradition of decorating homes with plants and trees that remain green throughout the winter.

Friday, November 21, 2014

2014 Antarctic Peninsula Adventure Cruise

This November I joined Ice Axe Expeditions for my third journey to the Antarctica Peninsula for ten action packed days of skiing, wildlife, glaciers, exploration and fun.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Thursday, July 31, 2014


On June 18, the Forest Service released its long-awaited draft federal rule for designating areas as open or closed to winter motorized vehicles. It’s a good first step, but the proposed rule misses the point on a couple of key details. Please take the time to comment. I just did.