Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Our old friend the Dome

We finally had our third Basler flight make it in last night around 6pm and now our population is 99. Replacements came in for IT, maintenance, the kitchen, science techs and the summer doc is now here.

Yesterday I had to retrieve some supplies from the Dome, some more sharps containers, one of the few medical supplies that we can safely store frozen outside.
This is what the inside of the Dome looks like now. It's just an empty space for frozen storage, mostly our food, and no buildings are left. Notice the hole in the wall that is letting sunlight through and a slow trickle of snow that has piled up over the winter.
The double wooden doors to the entrance of the Dome are still a bit buried but if this looks bad, take a look at what is just outside the doors:
The snow ramp that usually leads from the Dome entrance was not maintained all winter and a huge wall of snow built up in front of the entrance.
That's Froggy the equipment operator bulldozing away the snow. I'm peeking out of the door to take the picture in case the snow comes crashing down.
And this is what it looks like from the Galley window. Snow removal by heavy equipment is a full time job for an entire fleet of operators around here.
The dig out job is halfway finished. All of the snow has to go somewhere and what was removed from the Dome entrance was piled in front of the station in an irresistable hill.

It was gorgeous out last night and with winds about 11 knots, it was perfect paragliding weather for Robert Schwarz.

He got airborne a few times and dragged downhill at least one good time. Froggy said that he's trying to make the snow mound "as peaky as possible" and it's no coindicence that it's in perfect position in front of the Dome entrance to make a nice long sled ride from the top of the hill down the ramp entrance and through the double wooden doors to the Dome that will be open for the summer.


At 10:16 AM, Blogger Charles Nehlig said...

Hello Heidi, I'm a retired engineering designer from Philadelphia Electric Co living in Pennsauken New Jersey.
I love to follow your adventur at the SP .
Congratulations for continuing your dedication to the ' good life ' at the station and enjoy your rejoining ' life again in our homeland up north '.
I will miss your blogs but look forward to them and you again.
Enjoy Life. So long...for awhile.
The station looked good today on webcam.
Charles Nehlig

At 6:21 AM, Blogger Kathleen said...

Hey Heidi! I loved seeing the photo of Robert out there with his paraglider. You all should think about bringing a power kite down there -- they are a blast (I have a 1 metre training kite I'll send you) -- they do not require elevation and are a blast to use with snowboards or skis (or wave boards, though you have an acute lack of open water!). I was going to bring mine to McM this summer because the Ice is a perfect spot to kite board / kite ski. We'll catch up, but I'll send you my trainer kite for next winter use!

At 9:43 AM, Blogger Neal said...

Yeah, a bit weird in the dome these days. Hardly worth walking inside.

At 2:08 PM, Blogger Kaveh said...

Hello Homeless Heidi,

Found your blog just now. and i can't sleep anymore...okay..let me read your whole blog...


At 5:31 AM, Anonymous Anjana Chanayil said...

Hello Heidi,

I work at a graphic design studio in New York, and we are interested in obtaining a photograph of yours for publication in a textbook for 3rd grade children. We are specifically looking for the photo of the sunset behind the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station on the URL It's a beautiful shot! If you are interested in helping us with your photography, I would appreciate it very much. If you have a hi-res (at least 5 x 7 inches at 300 DPI) version of this image, please contact me at Thanks for your time.

Yours Sincerely,
212.529.9292,ext. 242

At 6:57 AM, Blogger Heidi said...

Charles and Kaveh - glad you're enjoying the blog!

Kathleen - I've your hat packaged up but our mail might not go out for several weeks. Maybe you'll get it before Christmas.

Neal - I think the Dome is just sad and lonely now.

Anjana - I'll email you the photo (I think I can find it)

At 5:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who knows where to download XRumer 5.0 Palladium?
Help, please. All recommend this program to effectively advertise on the Internet, this is the best program!


Post a Comment

<< Home