Waiting to go to WAIS

By Anna McKee | December 14, 2009 |

uh-oh!  The day of my flight, there is ground fog!  It is a bit hard to see in this photo, but look at that swath of purplish-blue between the mountains and the sea ice.  I am not due to go out until 14:15, so maybe this will burn off, but I suspect it is not…

Happy Camper continued. . .

By Anna McKee | December 13, 2009 |

The next day, I awoke early, so got the whisperlite stoves going and soon we had hot water for cocoa, instant coffee and oatmeal – yummy.  The rest of the morning went by quickly.  We broke camp and then practiced calling MacOps (radio into headquarters).  “MacOps, MacOps, MacOps – this is Happy Camper, do you…

Happy Camper School – Ross Ice Shelf – Day One

By Anna McKee | December 13, 2009 |

Friday morning I and nine other lucky souls began Happy Camper School with our very clever Kiwi (New Zealand) instructor Billy.  She is in the light green jacket.  Fortunately, it was a Ski Doo camping experience, so we didn’t have to haul our stuff out onto the Ross Ice Shelf, where we spent the next…

McMurdo –

By Anna McKee | December 10, 2009 |

I am slowly getting used to the layout and pace of the station.  I have been walking around jetlagged and sleep deprived, so all of the new information is going in slowly, most of it dropping all around me.  The folks who work here know this and remind me to take it easy.  There is…

Flight to McMurdo Station, Antarctica

By Anna McKee | December 9, 2009 |

Today I awoke at 4:30am to get to my first ever military flight.  It was a C-17 from McChord Air Force Base, near my hometown of Seattle.  It was very similar to checking in for a commercial flight, except all the crew wear fatigues.  Once aboard, there was the same safety talk about seat belts…

Christchurch, New Zealand – springboard for ANTARCTICA!

By Anna McKee | December 7, 2009 |

Monday, December 7 (Sunday, Dec 6 in the USA) 27 hours and 3 planes later, I arrived (with about 20 other US Antarctic Program folks) in Christchurch, New Zealand; tired, but excited to be on my way.  The first day was spent in a jet lag stupor walking around this adorable city.  The people are…

Getting Ready to Go to Antarctica

By Anna McKee | November 30, 2009 |

December 4th, I will begin a long journey to the most inaccessible, remote location I could dream of ever reaching – the West Antarctic Ice Sheet .  I am going there to document the WAIS Divide Ice Core Project with support from the National Science Foundation Artists and Writers Program. Scientist are drilling a 3.5…

Blogging at 36kbits/sec

By Anna McKee | November 24, 2009 |

While I am at the WAIS Divide field camp in West Antarctica, I (the entire camp actually) will only have access to the internet via a GOES satellite link for 5 hours a day. We can write emails upload them to the camp server and they will automatically be sent out during that time. My…

Deep Ice, Deep Time – a Journey to West Antarctica

By Anna McKee | October 6, 2009 |

I am thrilled to announce my participation in the National Science Foundations’ Artist and Writers program to travel to West Antarctica this winter.  I will travel to the WAIS Divide Ice Core Project field camp to sketch, photograph, and observe the camp and  surrounding ice sheet plateau.  In 2010, I will create a suite of…

West Antarctic Ice Sheet Ice Core Project

By Anna McKee | September 11, 2009 |

Anna McKee is participating in the National Science Foundations Artist and Writers Program to travel to the West Antarctic Ice Sheet Ice Core Project.