Last days on the Ice

Four of the last five of the SPIDER crew– Don, Ed, Sasha, and I– are slated to leave the Ice tomorrow morning. That means this is probably my last blog post– at least until SPIDER 2! It has been an incredible few months, but I can’t say I’m all that sad for it to be ending. I’m ready to have an adventure in New Zealand and then get home to all the people I’ve missed so much while I’ve been away.

As is the nature of field campaigns, it has been an absolute roller coaster, but the highs have certainly made the lows fade in my memory. We got SPIDER on that balloon, and despite all of the complexities and possible points of failure, it worked. That’s a high I won’t be coming down from any time soon.

On top of success with our experiment, we’ve also had the privilege of exploring this amazing part of the world. Many would sacrifice a great deal to get to see this place, and we come here simply as a means to an end. I’ve tried to take advantage and soak it in as much as possible, and I hope I’ve illustrated the experience well enough to bring you all along for the adventure in a small way.

This past week, I’ve gone on all of the hiking trails available in McMurdo, and I’ll close this blog with the pictures from those adventures. Thanks for reading and for all of your support!


4 thoughts on “Last days on the Ice

  1. I sure have enjoyed reading your blog, Anne. You’ve done a great job writing it and the pictures were fantastic. Thanks for taking the time to do it.


  2. Reblogged this on In the Dark and commented:
    Earlier this month I reblogged a post about the launch of the balloon-borne SPIDER experiment in Antarctica. Here’s a follow up from last week. Spider parachuted back down to the ice on January 17th and was recovered successfully. Now the team will be leaving the ice and returning home, hopefully with some exciting science results!


    • Yeah, seems like our telemetry is still working! There hasn’t been good enough weather at the landing site quite yet, so we’re still waiting for the hard drives. Should be very soon though!


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