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Happy New Year from the South Pole!

Happy New Year! To welcome the new year here at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, we had a couple celebrations.

To start things off, what’s more appropriate on the ice than a Tiki Bar? Sure. Constructed out of a used airdrop parachute, our tiki bar included an ice bar, BBQ grill, sledding hill, and drink warmers. A few pics:

The tent as seen from the station – that’s a large parachute!

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Retail manager Michael Smith grilling chicken wings in -15 degree F air on a nice and hot grill.

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Air Transportation Specialist Trudy with her frozen drink. Everything freezes solid in a matter of minutes if it’s not drank immediately.

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Me sledding down our hill, with my Betabrand USA Pants.

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Michael Smith

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Rather than a drink cooler, what we use here is more like a drink warmer. An insulated electronics box filled with our drinks, and a bunch of disposable hand warmers. With the hand warmers, the drinks stay just barely above freezing.

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Second, three bands made up of fellow polies played for us in the gym, where we danced into 2013 on NZ time.

Trudy and Daniel start off the night of entertainment.

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Jon Kaufman shreds

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Rocking out for the new year in the south pole station’s gym – the largest enclosed space on station.

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One comment

  1. Shannon says:

    Fantastic!!!!!!!! Who knew they had bands on hand at the South Pole! Did you bring a musical instrument? Looks like so much fun!!!!!

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