Possibly unpopular opinion: This is good. I have a C63s that splits daily driving duty with another car in Texas and it always has murder on its mind. Is it fun? Yes. Can I let anyone used to driving regular cars behind the wheel? No. Merc’s 4-Matic system gives you the option to have all the fun, or keep things from…
Drew, I never made it to the South Pole, but I spent most of 2017 at McMurdo Station. Even in the dead of winter there are no pajamas to be found. It’s still too hot there (inside obviously) and everyone is constantly fucking each other, so really they would just get in the way.
9 hour work days. My job was uhh... not at advertised... so there was a lot of downtime. The bed is not comfortable, think standard dorm twin XL. Time outside depends on the job. I sat at a desk so I went outside mostly just to move between buildings, although I had some extended periods helping out on other peoples…
Look up the USAP website and follow links for jobs. Its mostly contract work.
Tourists do go there, and even make it as far as the pole from time to time, but actually working on a government research station comes with a certain amount of getting told not to talk about stuff, be it some the research going on on station or things to do with ones work (think government servers and communications…
No problem. They make some really nice jackets. I was gonna get a lighter weight one of my own, but I knew I was moving to Texas afterwards and I’d never get much of a chance to use it.
My office routinely got too warm, but I couldnt keep the door open and had 5 equipment racks of electronics running 24/7 with no extra cooling. But most of the time living areas were 65-70 degrees. Warehouses could be chilly.
Its exciting for a couple weeks, and every once in awhile theres something that takes your breath away, but you do get numb to whats around you. which is a goddamn shame.
I had a cushy desk job running the broadcast equipment.
No, unfortunately. :(
Its quite the piece of machinery. That said, I should have worn ear protection while I was shooting that picture. I know better, but it slipped my mind.
Every American going down to the ice gets issued a red Canada Goose parka, affectionately named “Big Red”. I rarely wore mine unless I was going to be out for an extended period of time.
Everyone has their own preferences, but they issue you some before you go down, and then you supply base layers and personal preference items yourself. When I was going outside in winter to shoot photography (not strenuous, so I would dress heavier) I would wear the following (issued items have a *):
Nah, I’m not gonna say its never happened, but generally taking a piss outside was verboten. Cant contaminate the environment. If you’re not near a bathroom, you better have a “P bottle” (standard 20 oz nalgene with a “p” written on it in sharpie) nearby to go in. Easier said than done for half the population.
I spent last (austral) winter down at MCM. While they’re not doing winter flights this year, they did last year, and seeing a C-17 do a NVG landing on a pitch black ice runway is something else.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, if i dont have to go to third base on my passenger to shift gears, I’m not interested!
Looks like its sold out already!
Come on guys, there’s only one right answer here.
There was also one held at McMurdo Station. We maxed out at 3 degrees F yesterday.