Our brothers and sisters in McMurdo made the headlines in the Christchurch paper. The Press reported that 16,488 condoms were delivered. Little do they know that they disappear into the pockets of overly optimistic hoarders early in the season, only to be taken back to New Zealand well past their expiration date. I know, very scary. Read On
A release date of September 19 has been set for the “Whiteout” movie, starring Kate Beckinsale as a U.S. Marshall investigating a murder in Antarctica. It is based on Greg Rucka’s comic of the same name.
Judging from the production stills it is another Antarctica movie with pretty people in clean parkas. Oh well, hopefully this one is better than the terrible made-for-TV “Icebound”.
NPR’s “Weekend Edition” had a very nice story about the South Pole, featuring, among others, our very own Paddy Douglas. There are great South Pole sound bites in the story.
The Sir Peter Blake Trust, in partnership with Antarctica New Zealand, is running the 2nd year of the Antarctic Youth Ambassador program. One lucky young Kiwi will have a chance to travel to Antarctica and get involved with environmental issues. Applications are being sought right now.
Some of the adventurers we have seen here at the South Pole have made headlines recently up North.
The Indian Navy team, holding the award for “Funniest Ever Expedition Talk at the South Pole”, made it to the North Pole. Congratulations! Three on the team have now finished their Three-Pole challenge, going to the top of Everest, the South Pole, and the North Pole. The talk they gave after arriving at the South Pole in December 2006 was a tough assignment. They followed the British military team’s talk, who had skied in all the way and arrived shortly before the Indian team, which had “only” skied 125 miles (the “last-two-degrees”). Jaded Polies can be a tough crowd. However, they pulled it off by concentrating on the motivational aspect for the Indian public and making frequent references to just following the smell of the British. We also learned that Air India “is funny airline. It never just flies from A to B, they always most go via C and have a stop at D”. It was all in good humor and everyone had a got time.
Hannah McKeand, record holder for the fastest trip to the South Pole in 39 days and a bit, was not so lucky in the Arctic. She had to be airlifted after she fell into a eight feet deep snow hole at N 83 41.615 W 074 38.168. She wrenched her left leg, hurt her lower back and left shoulder. Get better soon Hannah!
Denis Quinlan from velocette.org.au has a look at the historic use of motorcycles in Antarctica. My favorite bit of the article is a 1968 picture of Frank Scaysbrook on his MAC 350cc with an Adelie penguin on his lap and a Husky looking at him, none of which would be possible today.