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  • #16
    Re: How long would you go for?

    hmm. what's the point of limiting how long you can stay?

    to try to make sure no one colonizes?

    what does the guy who has been there 3 years do?

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    • #17
      Re: How long would you go for?

      It's kinda like that cabin fever syndrome, i guess if your not the kind of person who can deal with such a different type of enviornment then the acclimation can be difficult so they limit it. Don't know what the guy did...

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      • #18
        Re: How long would you go for?

        Originally posted by Pirates Armada
        It's kinda like that cabin fever syndrome
        That's it eaxctly. It's just not good for the individual to be in Antarctica for too long. As most people don't want to go down for too long and the change over of base personnel happens to this timetable, it wouldn't be good for the base dynamic to have someone who had been there for years and years.

        There are many people who go to the American bases - especially McMurdo for just 6 months as there is a very high population (relatively) for an Antarctic base, so I guess lots of short-term people don't upset the dynamic too much.

        Other bases have people who are summer-only in when the winter ends and out when it starts - about 2-6 months depending on where the base is. There are winterers (winterovers) who spend a winter and least one, more likely two summers or people do two winters and two or three summers. Time is counted by the seasons rather than being specified by months.

        As for who has spent the longest the "World Record" as John says, the longest I'm aware of is three years which several people have done, there's a thread about it here:

        http://www.coolantarctica.com/Vforum...hread.php?t=39

        I did read once about a sealer in the 1800's who spent around 27 years on the sub-Antarctic MacQuarie Island - think that's unlikely to be broken!

        (Pirates - unfortunately the main site search and forum search are separate, so you have to do one on each to look through the whole site )

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        • #19
          Re: How long would you go for?

          I knew that (searching)

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          • #20
            Re: How long would you go for?

            I'd go for at least 18 months, I'm tough and used to the cold and I'm a loner anyway so antarctica would not be socially any different than here. Even though I love the cold, I know that when I'm down there I would find a new definition Of freezing!

            I'd look forward to the challenge and the fellowship with other kindred spirits, as I'm sure that it is only a unique type of person who would even consider going there, especially just for work!

            I have personal and selfish reasons for wanting to go, that have little to do with the job at hand.

            It would be great to go during the next IPY, The truth is science and engineering go hand in hand in such envirornments, as many PHD's find themselves fabricating alot of their equipment and testing apparatuses for type specific applications, do to the harsh climate, things are always breaking.

            I'd love the opportunity to work alongside them.
            Last edited by 40BelowJoe; 13th July 2008, 04:22.

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            • #21
              Re: How long would you go for?

              For the record, the US program limits stays to 15 months (two summers and a winter) at a time. However, there are people who cumulatively have over a decade's experience on the ice.

              Also, to answer one poster's question: yes, there have been a number of couples who have gone to Antarctica together.

              As for 40belowJoe's comment about being a loner: that is a good quality to have, so long as it is accompanied by an ability to get along with others in close quarters. Spending time in Antarctica requires being able to deal with isolation and crowds.

              Antarctica is far less isolated than it used to be. The three US stations have internet and telephone (though only 9 to 11 hours per day at the South Pole). The field camps may have less access to communications, but are still connected.

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              • #22
                Re: How long would you go for?

                Thats is ssssssssssooooooooooooooo "GROOVY"

                I can't wait!

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                • #23
                  Re: How long would you go for?

                  Originally posted by Alan
                  For the record, the US program limits stays to 15 months (two summers and a winter) at a time. However, there are people who cumulatively have over a decade's experience on the ice.

                  Also, to answer one poster's question: yes, there have been a number of couples who have gone to Antarctica together.

                  As for 40belowJoe's comment about being a loner: that is a good quality to have, so long as it is accompanied by an ability to get along with others in close quarters. Spending time in Antarctica requires being able to deal with isolation and crowds.

                  Antarctica is far less isolated than it used to be. The three US stations have internet and telephone (though only 9 to 11 hours per day at the South Pole). The field camps may have less access to communications, but are still connected.
                  I think Antarctica would be an absolutely incredible experience on so many planes. I hope i find a job on the ice...

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