Throughout my season working here at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, I’ve had the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities during my free time. One or my free-time jobs here is to act as a tour guide for tourist groups at the station. As a benefit of this duty, it means that I get to meet many of the interesting people who show up to the station on expeditions, including the few solo skiers who have made it thus far. Recently, I welcomed two skiers to the station and showed them around a bit – and my coverage of the events was covered on The Adventure Blog.
Over the past few months we’ve diligently followed a number of skiers who have traveled hundreds of miles to reach the South Pole. Along the way, we’ve shared in their triumphs and agonized with their struggles, cheering them on from the comfort of our warm homes. But have you ever wondered what it is like for them when they arrive at their final destination? Ever wondered who it that greets them when they actually reach 90ºS?
If so, then let me introduce you to Jeffrey Donenfeld, a freelance photographer, blogger and adventurer who is currently living at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station. Jeffrey has been witnessing the arrival of all of the ski expeditions this year and taking some photos of them when they get to the Pole. Last week he posted news of the arrival of Vilborg Arna Gissurardóttir and shared some photos of her wrapping up her expedition, and yesterday he did the same for Aaron Linsdau. The photo accompanying this post was taken of Aaron by Jeffrey when he stood at 90ºS.