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Sliding and volcanoes

November 6th, 2008 by liz

Yesterday afternoon Jeff, Yuki and I climbed up Observation Hill. to see Mt. Erebus, Scott base, and the Royal Society Range. The view was amazing, but the wind was frigid and very strong. It almost blew us off the top of the hill when we got to the top.

Mt. Erebus looms over McMurdo station
Steaming Mt. Erebus (12,451 ft.) looms over McMurdo station

Observation hill is mostly volcanic rock which is sharp and very grippy, but the snow on it was hard packed and slippery. We finally gave up hiking and slid the rest of the way down the hill. Jeff found this exceptionally fun and decided to try the penguin approach to sliding.


Jeff McMahon tries out penguin sliding on Observation Hill at McMurdo Station, Antarctica.

Last night, almost the whole SPT crew that was at McMurdo headed over to Scott Base (the NZ Antarctic base) to have a beer and hang out with the Kiwis. The walk over was chilly, but we had much fun. The entire NZ base is painted kiwi green. It’s the largest concentration of green things for hundreds of miles.

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