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Preparations for ‘re-entry’

Alex writes: Although days have become longer with the return of the Sun, our days have also become busier with the imminent arrival of our first plane after nearly 9 months of living here alone as a team of 13. We have been feverishly cleaning the base and preparing the 2km long snow runway. My research finished this week, which whilst being a relief also has created new jobs. I have to clean my lab for the next Research MD and pack equipment, samples and results to send back to civilisation for processing. Not everyone chose to take part, the research is voluntary and some people simply don't have time or choose...

The Journey to White Mars

Alex continues his blogging for the New York Times. Read his latest article on his next Antarctic endeavour: Alongside my unusual day job, I have recently been beavering away, creating a substantial human science research project for Sir Ranulph Fiennes’s coming Antarctica winter expedition, in partnership with Michael Stroud, physician, world-renowned extreme physiologist and a member of the Order of the British Empire. Dr. Stroud, who has overwintered in Antarctica and joined Sir Ranulph on many of his expeditions, including crossing Antarctica on foot for the first time, had invited me to help organize the human science research to be carried out onboard the coming Trans-Antarctic winter crossing. Living through the “worst...