December-January: Antarctica

December-January: Antarctica

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UNIQUE DEEP FIELD AND REMOTE SCIENCE SUPPORT

Dates available extend past this description. Please contact me for more information.

Antarctica Rate $330-380/day plus related expenses. Rates varies with pre-trip

responsibilities and field location.

Please contact me for more details!


Antarctica.

I first set foot on The Ice in 1996, dressed in green, while I was serving in the US Navy. It was the last deployment of Operation Deep Freeze, the US Navy’s logistical support of the National Science Foundation’s US Antarctic Program. Future seasons would be supported by a private contractor.

I was hooked. I didn’t realize it at the time, but that deployment introduced me to several people who influenced my decision to leave the Navy in 1997, and eventually become a Mountain Guide.

Since that first trip I’ve been back for 11 more seasons (and I’m getting ready for my 12th and 13th). I’ve touched down on the continent from two of the most common starting points, Christchurch, New Zealand and Punta Arenas, Chile. I’ve been a Medic, a Firefighter, a Science Assistant, a Bartender <wink>, a Field Support Coordinator, a Field Safety Officer, and a Mountain Guide. I’ve slept at nine field camps, four summer stations, three year-round stations. I’ve been to the South Pole, and one season it was determined that our field camp was the most remote location on the continent (defined as the furthest away from the next inhabited location). I’ve worked directly for the US government, for three contractors, two universities, and one private tour operation.

I know Antarctica and the US Antarctic Program like few others do, with a personal memory and experience of the system and bureaucracy and how things work. By giving me 10 working days in McMurdo Station, I typically take care of most logistical tasks and my science teams only require 5-6 days on station for required training, briefings and final pre-mission packing before being reading to head into the field.

My science support work has primarily been snow machine-driven traverses without scheduled resupplies, requiring a level of independence, planning and commitment not commonly found in the US Antarctic Program - but not unobtainable either. That independence makes it easier for the Principal Investigator (lead scientist) to get their proposals approved because they require less logistical support throughout the season compared to their peers.This season (2018-2019) actually marks my first mechanized traverse utilizing Piston-Bully tracked vehicles.

I have extensive and hands-on work experience alongside glacial geologists, earth scientists, graduate students and undergraduates utilizing survey-quality GPS; ground penetrating radar for glacier ice measurements and glacier crevasse hazard assessment; and power tools including hammer-drills and chain saws.

I have five science references and two guiding references that I can provide on request who can speak directly to my experience and professional abilities.

For many, Antarctica is a once in a lifetime experience. For some, its an experience that impacts and shapes the rest of their life and work. If your research brings you to the Ice, please contact me for logistical and safety operations in what I can only describe as “Deep Field & Remote Science Support”.