Antarctic Life

A frozen outlook on life on the ice

Wednesday Walkabout Week 5: The Tag Board

Halley VI, Brunt Ice Shelf, Antarctica 75°36'36"S 26°16'14"W

Temperature: -33.4°C

Wind Speed: 11 kts SSE


Now that the weather is getting considerably colder - the past few days had been consistently into the -40's (Celsius and Fahrenheit) it is even more important to ensure that people know where everyone is when they are not within the safety of the main modules.

The Tag BoardVarious locations within and outwith the perimeter for people to indicate their location

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Wednesday Walkaround Week 4: What we do

Halley VI, Brunt Ice Shelf, Antarctica 75°36'36"S 26°16'14"W

Temperature: -34.3°C 

 Wind Speed: 6 kts SW


Firstly, apologies to anyone waiting to read this on a Wednesday, but unfortunately I was unable to update it, so this is coming to you on a Friday instead.

This week will be a short introduction to the various people in the skeleton winter crew who are responsible for ensuring the continuous running of the building, communication and science infrastructure over the long, cold and dark winter months. During a normal year, there are usually around 13 winter staff.

Throughout the year I will talk more about the work each person does in a more detailed post but below is a brief summary of each.

The station can be split up into various teams, grouping individuals sharing common theme, but in reality, we all work together.

We have the science team, the technical services team and the life services team. In some years, there is a slight overlap.

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Wednesday Walkaround Week 3: Clothing Layering

Halley VI, Brunt Ice Shelf, Antarctica 75°36'36"S 26°16'14"W

Temperature: -18.6°C

Wind Speed: 14 kts ENE

Now that winter has started to set in properly, I thought I would share with everyone how I personally dress for going outside. Everyone on station does things slightly differently, however I have found for me, the classic layering system works best for my own personal comfort.

Some of the kit is BAS issued (Baffin's, down jacket, Paramo smock, gloves and all 8000m gear), however most are my own.

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Wednesday Walkaround: Week 2 - Keeping the Elements Outside

Halley VI, Brunt Ice Shelf, Antarctica 75°36'36"S 26°16'14"W

Temperature: -25.8°C

Wind Speed: 10 kts S


This week will be a slightly shorter Wednesday Walkaround talking about keeping the elements outside. The modules are designed much like any extreme environment and has obvious similarities to a space environment, either a spacecraft or station, or indeed, when the time comes, to an outpost on another planet or moon.

The massive airlock style doors8 inches of steel keeping us from the outside

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Wednesday Walkaround: Week 1 - Waste Management

Halley VI, Brunt Ice Shelf, Antarctica 75°36'36"S 26°16'14"W

Temperature: -19.7°C

Wind Speed: 23 kts ENE


Today marks a slight change to the format of my blog posts. In combination with posts on twitter, I will be talking about various daily tasks, bits of station kit, or science routines for everyone to see what life is like during winter on station. Each Wednesday I will do what I have termed a "Wednesday Walkaround" whereby I will post a picture and brief tweet about the topic of the day before explaining things in a little more detail here.

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