McMurdo Recreation

Reading this blog you might have recognized that we have a lot of time because we can’t fly due to the current weather conditions. However, we collected some of the data loggers by now and started to analyze the data. Nevertheless, there is some time for recreation with lots of opportunities around McMurdo!

McMurdo activities
McMurdo activities

The big board on the way to the mess room announces the highlights of the day, fitness classes, movies, talks. A craft room is open for everyone that wants to be creative and it’s possible to rent cross country skies and climbing shoes at the gear room.

Ob tube: A hole drilled through the sea ice. It’s not much more, but it’s possible to climb down the tube installed there and observe life and light under the sea ice.

On the way down the tube
On the way down the tube
Sea ice from below, with fish
Sea ice from below, with fish

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The way back up!
The way back up!

Hiking Ob Hill: Observation Hill is McMurdo’s local mountain. A nice hike with a great view towards the ice shelf, sea ice, and McMurdo station.

McMurdo station from Ob Hill
McMurdo station from Ob Hill
At the top of Ob Hill
At the top of Ob Hill

Hiking around Scott’s Hut: Close to McMurdo is Scott’s Hut. Robert F. Scott build this hut in 1911 on his expedition to reach the south pole. On his way back he and his crew died. The cross at Ob Hill was erected in memory of Scott. Scott’s Hut is still standing.

Scott's Hut
Scott’s Hut
Scott's Hut and McMurdo
Scott’s Hut and McMurdo
Mummified Seal in front of Scott's Hut
Mummified Seal in front of Scott’s Hut

Cross country skiing: During our shakedown we had some time to try cross country skiing.

Cross country skies ready to go.
Cross country skies ready to go.
Zhao testing the skies.
Zhao testing the skies.
Anja tries to explain cross country skiing.
Anja tries to explain cross country skiing.

Hula hoop: Time to learn something new – why not hula hoop?! We build hula hoops and learned some first tricks.

Making hula hoops
Making hula hoops
First tries!
First tries!
Hula hoop group
Hula hoop group

Friday Night Entertainment: 7:30-8:30, Twilight Zone mini-marathon in the Coffee House/Wine Bar

The Twilight Zone
The Twilight Zone