Farewell to WAIS – Hello IceStock

December 31, 2009
WAIS Divide Camp at 79.47° S latitude, 112.06 W° longitude – high on the West
Antarctic Ice Sheet Plateau.

I am sending off 2009 with a flight out of WAIS Camp to McMurdo Station. It
will seem like the tropics to me since it is above freezing there. Though I
am sad to be leaving the WAIS community full of fabulous people, I am glad
that my flights are working out almost as scheduled.flying on the sheet
Tomorrow there is a big music festival at McM called IceStock – too bad I
forgot my tie dye!
There are a couple of blogs in the hopper that will be posted in the next
few days AND PHOTOS!!!!!

Stay Tuned and Happy New Year!


  1. Paul McKee on January 2, 2010 at 4:58 am

    PHOTOS!!!! I was hoping for a new post when I refreshed my browser but then magically all the WAIS posts have pictures. It’s a whole new log.

  2. RKBurk on January 2, 2010 at 5:38 am

    Love those amazing airplanes and the pilots and mechanics that keep them moving. Note on the amazing drilling tools (Postcard you sent us). Meg and I have been telling each other over the years about this or that amazing tool we have encountered and worked with at Boeing. The wonderful design. The clean lines and sheer beauty. The strength and flawed or flawless function. How many times we are more enamored at the art of non-art then of art. With little or no effort to create something lovely, something lovely is created. Happy New Year. R.

    • Anna McKee on January 2, 2010 at 10:34 am

      Thanks for the comment Roger,
      wait till I show you the video of the drill operation and photos of the machine shop on the ice. It all fits in a container with expanding sides. A thing of beauty. I think you should get one for Meg as a retirement gift! :-) Happy New Year to you both.