1. Every year the McMurdo Station Carp Shop (Carpentry workshop) will host a holiday party around Christmas Eve to showcase the talent that we have on station. The event is knows as MAAG, or the McMurdo Alternative Art Gallery, and there is typically quite an incredible display of art and performances. This dance, "Special Project Other," is part of a series of performances put on at holiday events throughout the year by a group of dancers led by our beloved Travis Groh. Enjoy!

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  2. Snowcraft 1, affectionately known as "Happy Camper," is the survival training that field-bound participants of the United States Antarctic Program are required to take. It is designed to teach you the basic survival skills that would help you stay alive if you were caught in nasty weather in Antarctica away from station. It includes some snow-camping basics and anchoring tents to the snow, an introduction to cooking in cold weather with white gas, quarrying for snow blocks, snow-wall building, survival trench-digging, and most importantly self-awareness: know your body's boundaries!! This is a short video I took, giving you a brief introduction to our Happy Camper site. I hope you enjoy!

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  3. We had some cold weather at McMurdo Station these past few days. I decided to take some footage to share with friends and family around the world. If you want to learn more about weather in Antarctica visit The National Weather Service, or see a brief summary here: http://ajpadilla.wordpress.com/2012/10/07/condition-2/.

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  4. A quick tour of McMurdo Sound, Antarctica, and its surroundings. Narrated by Abraham J. Padilla from the top of Observation Hill.

    Some additional notes / more specific citations for things mentioned:

    - Winter Quarter's Bay was used during the 1901-1904 Discovery Expedition, led by Capt. Robert F. Scott to Antarctica. The Hut at Hut Point (Discovery Hut) was erected in Feb. 1902.

    - The cross on Observation Hill was erected in January of 1913, by the remaining members of the British Antarctic Expedition (1910-1913), in memory of the lost Polar Party that reached the South Pole but never returned. Inscribed on it is the following quote from Alfred Tennyson's "Ulysses" : "To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield."

    - The Terra Nova Hut (also known as "Scott's Hut") at Cape Evans was erected in Jan. of 2011, by the members of Capt. Scott's Terra Nova Expedition (British Antarctic Expedition of 1910-1913).

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Abe Padilla

Bev and I spent the Austral summer (and part of the winter as it transitioned to summer, known as "WinFly") living and working in McMurdo Station, on Ross Island, Antarctica. It has been an incredible experience that we would like to share with everyone.…


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Bev and I spent the Austral summer (and part of the winter as it transitioned to summer, known as "WinFly") living and working in McMurdo Station, on Ross Island, Antarctica. It has been an incredible experience that we would like to share with everyone. These are snippets of our life in Antarctica.

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