I really can hardly imagine where I am. I’ve seen the X on a map of the South Pole. It is in the middle of a blank white spot on the continent. I haven’t see it on a globe because the axis is always poking out at the Pole.
|Getting on the LC-130|
|Not too far from McMurdo|
There is a reason it is a big blank spot on the map. There is nothing here. A few buildings and telescopes and antennas and cargos lines full of random stuff waiting years to get flown or drug behind a tractor back to McMurdo.
|Ceremonial South Pole marker|
|Ceremonial Pole marker and the station in the background|
I've never been in a place so flat and full of nothing. There is nothing but a flat white horizon for 360 degrees. It's been around -11*F the last few days with wind chills down to -33*F or so. I'll just start to get used to the cold before I head higher [and much colder] on the Antarctic Plateau to help a group fix a radio telescope. The Pole is at 9,300 feet, but the pressure altitude is around 10,000 feet. Quite a big jump from sea level.
|Inside the station|
|South Pole Station|
Compared to everything else I've seen in Antarctica it isn't much to see, but it is a cool experience nonetheless. Like I've said before there is something alluring about the white nothingness.