|At the South Pole|
|Terminal, made from an unheated trailer|
|Mt. Erebus, an active Volcano on Ross Island visible from the airport|
|Silhouette of plane on the ice while landing at Pole.|
In total, this trip took 6 calendar days, 5 actual ones. It didn't used to be so easy and quick. The base's full name is Admussen-Scott South Pole Station, in honor of the first two people to get to the South Pole. As my friend Zak quipped, Amundsen was from from Norway, knew all about dog-sledding, and returned home a Niel-Armstrong-style national hero as the first person to get at the South Pole. Scott fancied himself a gentleman explorer who insisted on using ponies for transportation. He got there second and froze to death on the way back out. You can all read about them in the wikipedia links above.
I've had an easy go compared to Scott, only suffering from some mld altitude sickness. The elevation here is 9300 ft, but the atmosphere is thinner at the poles than mid-latitudes, so the effective altitude is more like 11,000 ft. Low pressure from weather can further increase the effective elevation beyond that. Were it not for the ice cap, that elevation would be near sea-level. The ice-sheet is 1.7 miles thick, forming a large plateau that covers most of the continent. It's pretty flat and featureless as you can see from pictures of the base:
|Dormitory at Admussen-Scott Station|
|Another view of the dormitory|
|South Pole Marker for 2012|
There's also a ceremonial pole that looks pretty much like the childhood image that most of us had of the north pole. That's the photo at the top.