Winterover Statistics

2023-07-15 14:49:50


this place is going to the dogs already
1977 winterovers


1702 individuals have wintered over at the least as soon as on the South Pole from 1957 by way of 2023. Since a few of these of us wintered greater than as soon as, there even have been a complete of 2124 winterover positions. And if you have not discovered the winterover lists but, they’re included, together with photographs and different data as out there, within the timeline entries for annually by way of 2022 at this level. Really I must also say that there’s a full database spreadsheet, with winterover numbers, up to date so far, on this website online, barely hidden to guard the checklist of names from spammers. Entry is out there to Polies upon request. Though it’s apparent that I’ve made errors and omissions previously, I am fairly assured that the fundamental checklist of oldsters is full and correct, if solely as a result of it has been greater than 16 years since somebody wrote me claiming I might left somebody out 🙂 Options/corrections…please let me know!

Photos of South Pole winterovers in the A3 second floor hallway

At left, a view of the principle second ground hallway and the gallery of winterover photos relationship from 2012 again to the primary winter in 1957…most of those have been hung, edited and/or reframed by Andy Martinez and Terry Eddington in the course of the 2007 winter (Antarctic Sun article). Among the frames have been fabricated with wooden from the outdated Dome sauna or health club ground. We’re nonetheless lacking a number of photos…1960, 1962, 1963, and 1968 from the Navy days and 1976, 1979, and 1986 from the dome era–you know who you might be :). This photograph by 2012 SPT winterover Cynthia Chiang exhibits these 2011 and 2012 photographs that embrace the members of Amundsen’s and Scott’s events.

Because the north wall of the hallway is now crammed with photographs, the newer winterover photographs are being held on the south wall.

In 2023 there are 43 NPX winterovers…about common since development completion of the elevated station, and the group contains 6 ladies and 37 males. In 1998-99, when development started on the primary section of the brand new station (the gas arch in the summertime and the heavy store in summer time/winter)…there have been 41 winterovers…earlier than that there have been by no means greater than 28 winterovers. The biggest crowd ever was my 2005 winter after we had 86 of us, together with 24 ladies! Within the outdated days, the primary three years with ladies (1979-81) the crews included just one woman–in hindsight that experiment was most likely not the very best concept.

Seven of the 2023 winterovers have beforehand wintered at the least as soon as…a drop from 2022 when there have been 12 repeaters among the many 44 winterovers. The 2023 individuals with a number of winters embrace meals providers supervisor Zeke Mills and Jonathon Weise with 3 winters, in addition to satcom engineer Ryan Gutierrez, energy plant lead mechanic Seva Kotlyar, provide tech Tammy McDermott, SPT grantee Cal Neske, and community engineer Christian Rahl with 2 winters.

2023 winterover nationalities…there are three new international locations represented this year–IceCube observer Hrvoje Dujmovic is from Croatia, heavy tools operator Federico Piola is from Argentina, and Naweed Hashimi is of Afghan heritage. Energy plant mechanic Seva Kotyar from Russia has returned for his second winter in a row, and IceCube grantee Marc Jacquart is the second winterover from Switzerland…the primary was 2003 upkeep scheduler Monique Gerbex who was born in Switzerland and later lived in Vermont. Provide technician Jaden Pan was born and raised in Toronto. And…Michelle Endo is the primary lady winterover with Japanese heritage…there have now been 5 Japanese winterovers (list).

2022 worldwide stuff…each IceCube winterovers Mareno Baricevic (from Italy) and Celas Marie-Sainte (from France) have beforehand wintered on the Italian/French station Concordia situated at Dome C…a bit greater up than Pole at 10,607 ft/3,233 meters altitude.

winter side of the marker
summer side of the marker

Above…each the winter and summer time sides of the marker that was revealed to the world on 1 January 2023. It was fabricated by
winterover Thomas Leps…who truly did not get it 100 % completed till simply earlier than he left in late January. Details and photos!

Within the 2020 winter there was a brand new document relating to the winter website supervisor place. Beforehand 3 individuals have held that job twice–Invoice Henriksen in 2003 and 2005, Katie Hess in 2008 and 2012, and Wayne White in 2017 and 2019. However for 2020 Wayne has returned for his third time as supervisor…and in two consecutive years (he did take a while away in the course of the summer time). Invoice and Katie every wintered 3 occasions, however their first winters have been in different positions.

the 2022 Pole marker
Above, the 2022 Pole marker unveiled on New Years Day…designed by BICEP Array winterover Brandon
Amat and amazingly fabricated by Dave Pernic…not his first marker fabrication! More information!

Throughout the Dome period, lots of the managers had beforehand wintered in one other position–the first of those being Tom Plyler who was the facility plant mechanic in 1975 and supervisor in 1981. Now, three managers so far have subsequently returned to winter once more in one other place: Don McCreight was the supervisor in 1997–he returned in 2015 to winter as carpenter foreman (and has been again for another summers as nicely). Gary Freeman was supervisor in 1992 and returned as SEH coordinator in 1995. And Invoice Spindler, who was supervisor in 1977, returned to winter in 2005 as Title II inspector and in 2008 as a mission engineer–with a niche of 28 years between his 1977 and 2005 winters. That isn’t an general Antarctic document; Australian Brian Jury wintered at Mawson in 2017, 31 years earlier than that he wintered at Casey. I might prefer to suppose THAT is the document.

the 2021 Pole marker
The 2021 Pole marker was designed by 2020 South Pole Telescope astronomer
Geoffrey Chen, who was nonetheless on station for the New Years Day unveiling. It was
fabricated by machinist Cal Neske, and it pays tribute to earlier machinist Steele
Diggles who handed away at dwelling in Tasmania in July. As of late January, he had
been scheduled to winter once more in 2020. Here’s a look at the marker, its fabrication,
and the ceremony.

Throughout the Navy days, not one of the OIC‘s ever wintered greater than as soon as at Pole in any capability, though a number of wintered elsewhere–including LT Jack Tuck who together with Paul Siple had wintered at McMurdo in 1956 earlier than their 1957 Pole winter.

the 2020 Pole marker
That is the superb distinctive marker unveiled on 1 January 2020…designed by
2019 winterover Luis Gonzalez…who was truly round to unveil it! The
marker was constructed by that inventive Aussie machinist Steele Diggles.
The details!!

Information for the ages because it have been, though I have to observe that because of that nasty pandemic that has been going round for 3 years now, older of us have at occasions been prevented from wintering because of their better danger of contracting COVID-19. Anyway, 2018 winterover doctor Malcolm Arnold is the oldest particular person to winter so far. He had that document in 2008 when he was 65 on the finish of the winter…so ten years on he was 75 in the beginning of the winter (in 2019 he was at Palmer for the winter). He beat out 2011 doctor Jim Borden who turned 74 in July of his winter. For the ladies, issues are a bit extra difficult. 2011 greenhouse tech Susan MacGregor (now Susan Batenhorst) had her 62nd birthday in mid-Might of her winter (Susan was again at Pole for the 2019-20 summer time). Dr. Betty Carlisle had her 63rd birthday after her 2001 winter ended, so she was 6 months older than Susan. However…Betty wasn’t round for the whole winter, she confirmed up in April 2001 on the medevac that took out Dr. Ron Shemenski. So Susan is the oldest lady to spend an ENTIRE winter at Pole…in addition to the oldest lady 300 membership provoke. As for the youngest Polie winterovers, we had at the least one in 2008: carpenter Andy Titterington and comms tech Shaun Meehan, have been age 18 once they confirmed up in the beginning of the summer time. Shaun turned 19 on 14 December, and Andy turned 19 a month in a while 13 January, making Andy the youngest w/o Polie, beating out Larry Duckett, the 1975 winter prepare dinner, who was 19 when he confirmed up in the beginning of the 74-75 summer time, and Eric Siefka, who was additionally 19 when he wintered in 1982. Oh, for 1 day there have been 3 19-year-old w/o’s on station, however UT Aditya Tata turned 20 on 14 January 2008. As for the youngest lady to winter..nonetheless researching that. Do not forget that all of those statistics are strictly voluntary…however one of many 2018 ladies was 22.

In 2007, Robert Schwarz alone held the document for six winters. However he wasn’t again till 2011, so Johan Sales space, Barry Horbal and Steffen Richter caught up with him in 2008, and Johan and Steff later handed him up. In 2013 Robert caught up with them, so the three of them (Johan, Steffen and Robert) all had 9 winters. In 2014, Robert and Johan have been again once more for winter #10. They have been each again in 2015 for winter #11…and in 2016 for #12. Robert continued by way of 2019 and now has the document 15 winters, whereas Johan is again in 2020 for his 14th.

the 2019 Pole marker
Here is the marker that was revealed on 1 January 2019. It was each designed and
created by winterover machinist Steele Diggles. More information!

Behind Robert and Johan, Steffen Richter has 9 winters, and Barry Horbal and Dana Hrubes have 7. Two individuals have six winters: Invoice Johnson as of 2020 and Dennis Calhoun in 2019; eight individuals have 5 winters: Tommy Barker, Tracy Blair, Steele Diggles, Heidi Lim, Rod Jensen, Lester Lemon, Clint Perrone, and Jake Velocity (Joseph Gibbons). Jake was the primary to achieve this milestone. (He was again at Pole for awhile within the 2007-08 and 2008-09 summers, however he’d been spending among the “off seasons” at Summit and/or with spouse Kath) and after what occurred to him in Greenland in 2009 he needed to recover from losing some limbs at Summit.

Eleven individuals have wintered a complete of 4 occasions. This group contains Allan Day, Kaycee Flaugher, Weeks Heist, Travis Kamiya, Drew Logan, Paul Lux, Jason McDonald, Sue O’Reilly, Jack Sharp, Kevin Shea, and Kim Williams.

the 2018 Pole marker
This marker was revealed on 1 January 2018. It was a creation of IceCube winterover
Martin Wolf, BICEP3 winterover Grant Corridor…and naturally machinist Matt Krahn.
More photos and details…

With 3 winters, there now are 58 individuals, together with 2023 winterovers Zeke Mills and Jonathon Weise. The total checklist: Derek Aboltins, Brien Barnett, Dave Benson, Kevin Berck, Hans Boenish, Rhys Boulton, Yubecca Bragg, Zane Burnette, Betty Carlisle, Robert (Gumby) Carlson, Clayton Cornia, Jeff De Rosa, Ethan Dicks, Nate Dyer, Terry Eddington, Tom Edwards, Lis Fano/Grillo, Ethan Good, John Hammon, Slay Harwell, Invoice Henriksen, Katie Hess, Kitt Hughes, Katy Jensen/McNitt, Tim Korcal, Matthew Krahn, Ricardo Lopez, Erik Lund, Tim Markle, Janice Martin, Jon Martin, Sheri McKeen/Mason, Jason Medley, Jed Miller, Joshua Neff, Zeke Mills, Matt Newcomb, Jon Olander, Lee Parker, John Parlin, David Pernic, Kris Perry, Michael Rehm, John Richard, Elizabeth Rose, Eric Sandberg, Derek Sargent, Neal Scheibe, Mike Scholz, Rob Shaw, Will Silva, Paul Smith, Jason Spann, Invoice Spindler, Leah Webster, Jonathon Weise, Noah White, and Wayne White. 179 individuals have wintered twice.

In 2019 Robert Schwarz was in his ninth consecutive winter, now nicely forward of Jake Velocity’s 5 consecutive winters in 2000-2004. Folks with 4 consecutive winters embrace Kimberly Williams as of 2018, Kaycee Flaugher as of 2016, Heidi Lim and Kevin Shea as of 2008, and Allan Day and Barry Horbal as of 2006. The group with three consecutive winters now contains Brien Barnett, Johan Sales space, Rhys Boulton, Clayton Cornia, Lester Lemon, Ricardo Lopez, Jason Medley, Sue O’Reilly, Michael Rehm, Steffen Richter, and Mike Scholz. Nobody else has greater than two consecutive winters.

the 2017 Pole marker
Here is the marker which was unveiled on 1 January 2017…a somewhat superb little bit of
machining, 3D meeting, and etching artwork. It was designed by fireplace tech Warren Shipley
and created by machinist Matthew Krahn (info and photos).

Within the new station period, there have been solely 43 individuals wintering in 2009–as development on the brand new station was winding down. And there weren’t any data in 2009…besides maybe that there have been solely 4 returning winterovers–an unusually low quantity for latest occasions. That low quantity is in no way unusual–in the outdated days there weren’t many returnees–in my first 1977 winter we have been all FNG’s. All the returning 2009 winterovers (Todd Adams, Weeks Heist, Lance Roth and Jack Sharp) have been round with me in 2008 for his or her first winter.



This has introduced up the question–how many ladies have wintered? Properly, because of some female and male Pole Souls and Polies who helped me clear up my questions on ambiguous names, as of 2021, the whole is 248. This contains one particular person, Heidi Lim (now married and named Heidi Rehm) with 5 winters, three–Sue O’Reilly, Kaycee Flaugher, and Kimberly Williams–with 4 winters, 12 with 3 winters, 29 with 2 winters, and 203 with one. The primary lady was Michele Raney, the physician in 1979, and the second was Martha Kane Savage, the cosray observer in 1980–both of whom are nice individuals and good mates. Initially this was thought of an “experiment” and there have been just one or two ladies at Pole in the course of the winter. Fortunately the powers-that-be determined to give up experimenting a number of years later and get with the occasions.

the 2016 Pole marker
The marker unveiled on 1 January 2016…a spinning world globe with the winterovers
engraved on the equator (!). This marker was each designed and created by the 2015
machinist Anton Brown. (info and photos).

The first lady to winter in any respect 3 of the present US stations was Carol Crossland…she wintered first at McMurdo in 1991, then (after a number of summers right here and there) at Pole in 1998 and Palmer Station in 1999. As for the second lady to take action (that I find out about), she’s Wendy Beeler, who wintered at Palmer in 2006, Pole in 1999, and McMurdo in 1992 and 1998. Yubecca Bragg accomplished the hat trick at McMurdo in 2008. Extra not too long ago, Rachel Javorsek completed a 2012 winter at Palmer Station…she wintered at Pole in 2011 and at McM in 2008. And the latest addition to this checklist is Clair Von Handorf, who was at Pole in 2014 after wintering at McM in 2009 and at Palmer in 2010, 2011, and 2012. As for the boys…it turns on the market have been plenty of them. The primary of those was prepare dinner Harvey Excessive, who wintered in any respect 3 stations with the Navy–1963 at McMurdo, 1966 at Pole, and 1970 at Palmer. Harvey was scheduled to winter at Pole with H&N in 1979 however he was medevaced with pancreatitis earlier than station closing…and in 1982, whereas working as second mate on the Hero, he fell to his demise from the ship to the drydock ground whereas the ship was in drydock in Talcahuano, Chile. Oh, the newest addition to this checklist is satcom engineer Mike Rice, who wintered at Palmer for the 2018 winter after his most up-to-date Pole winter in 2017. Apparently, Mike confirmed up at Palmer together with FOUR different 2017 Pole winterovers! Moreover (in no explicit order as I haven’t got all the info) we have now at the least Robert (Gumby) Carlson, Larry Mjolsness, Jim “Thumper” Porter, Al O’Kelly, Paul Lux, Jordan Dickens, Jack Anderson, Brad Kuehn, Paul Daniels, Jed Miller, Damien Henning, Bob DeValentino, Zachary Morgan…I perceive at the least 39 of us might have wintered at the entire 3 present stations so I’ve clearly missed a number of.

the 2015 Pole marker
The marker unveiled on 1 January 2015 was the largest ever…it featured not solely
rotation, but additionally (for the primary time) some glass! It was designed and created by
2014 machinist Matt Krahn (details and more photos).

One other fascinating general program statistic…as of the 2022-23 summer time season there was just one particular person on the ice for his or her forty fourth consecutive season…Rob Robbins! Jules Uberuaga, who was on the ice for 38 consecutive seasons by way of 2016-17, stayed dwelling in 2017-18. For the previous two seasons she’d been working as a grantee tools operator for NASA’s LDB mission…however that was in the reduction of this yr, so she stayed dwelling in Idaho (and complained that there wasn’t sufficient snow for snowboarding). Jules did her first season in 1979-80 as a GFA at Pole. She was interviewed by a number of TV stations in September 2012 earlier than heading south for her thirty fourth season…as of now, this YouTube interview with Boise’s KNIN is the only one still out there. Rob’s work entails diving…regardless of international warming, happily there’s not a lot name for that specialty at Pole–yet. However Rob’s lengthy historical past in this system was famous in this November 2015 Antarctic Sun article.

the South Pole marker installed on 1 January 2013
On 1 January 2014 the most recent and biggest Pole marker (above) was unveiled. It was
designed by Dana Hrubes and created by machinist Steele Diggles…(more photos and
information)
.

As for relations wintering, the newest new statistic is from 2017 when two twin brothers, Jack and Ryan Clifford wintered collectively, each working in IT. The primary two relations to winter at Pole (not in the identical yr) have been brothers and scientists Henn Oona in 1964 and Hain Oona in 1968 (as of February 2012, Henn (Hank) and Hain have been each nonetheless working at Los Alamos Nationwide Laboratory). Their household emigrated to the US from Estonia once they have been younger boys…so it additionally appears that Henn and Hain are the one two Estonian-born of us to winter. The second two brothers to winter have been Invoice Smythe (UCLA gravity, 1975) and brother Chuck (NOAA, 1979). There have since then been a number of married {couples} (in addition to a number of {couples} who met at Pole and obtained married later), in addition to the father-son group of laptop tech Cleve Cleavelin and his son Chris who wintered collectively in 1997.

the South Pole marker installed on 1 January 2013
On New Years Day 2013, the marker which was each designed and created by 2012
machinist Derek Aboltins was revealed…that includes the alignment of the Solar, Moon,
planets, and the Southern Cross as situated within the skies on 1 January. Listed here are extra
pictures of the marker and the unveiling ceremony.

2022 winterovers with nationalities apart from American this year–the two IceCube grantees talked about above–Mareno Baricevic (from Italy) and Celas Marie-Sainte (from France), Kiwi of us Sarah Boukoms–safety technician with twin citizenship and heavy tools tech Anthony Barge who’s employed by NZ tools seller Terra Cat, satcom engineer Hector Plaza–the first winterover from Colombia, energy plant lead Seva Kotlyar who was born in Russia, and sous chef Niko Winegarner from Sweden. Notice that the nationalities in these statistics embrace individuals who have been initially from these international locations or individuals with twin citizenship…and the nationality information I’ve is just from printed data or what has been shared with me.

In 2016, the PM foreman Alex Teixeira was initially from Uruguay–the first from that nation. 2015 noticed the primary winterover Thai–met particular person Supria Calvert-Reisner–as nicely as the primary Iraqi–facilities engineer Nizar Hashemi. In 2014, IceCuber Dag Larsen was the primary Norwegian to winter–rather stunning contemplating that the primary 5 Polie guests who returned dwelling to inform the story have been Norwegians.
In 2013, Ice Dice group member Felipe Pedreros Bustos was the primary Chilean to winter at Pole, one thing a bit stunning given Chile’s intensive involvement within the Antarctic through the years. And Blaise Kuo Tiong, the opposite IceCuber, was born in Manila–his household relocated from the Philippines to Los Angeles when he was 9. He is the second Filipino to winter…the primary was Cesar Ambalada who wintered in 1966 as a US Navy EM1–electricians mate first class–quite spectacular for the time, as few Filipinos within the Navy again then had technical ranking jobs reminiscent of this. And in 2012, plumber Jean-Pierre (JP) Brunel, was the primary Qubcois to winter. JP grew up in Qubec talking solely French till he moved to Colorado later in his grownup life.

2012 introduced the the third particular person from Spain to winter–Carlos Pobes was one of many two IceCube scientists. The primary Spaniard to winter was US Climate Bureau meteorologist Luis Aldaz who wintered twice, as station science chief, in 1962 and 1965. The second was Francisco Navarro, a 1984 UCLA geophysics scientist.

the South Pole marker installed on 1 January 2012
1 January 2012…halfway between the Amundsen and Scott centenary commemorations, but
one other incredible Pole marker was unveiled. And once more, it had shifting components, in addition to that
enigmatic abbreviation “LGN” which has appeared on many of those markers. Steele Diggles,
the machinist from Australia, created it, and, nicely, check out more photos of the marker and
the unveiling!

The primary Japanese-American to winter was US Climate Bureau researcher Fred Mayeda in 1959…he’d turn into an American citizen. The primary Japanese citizen confirmed as much as winter a yr later in 1960–Dr. Masakiyo (Henry) Morozumi who was learning auroras with the Arctic Institute of North America–he used to have a website online however he’s nonetheless on the market . Three extra individuals wintered who have been Japanese residents or in any other case on the time–UCLA gravity researcher Tadashi Yogi in 1977, IceCuber Yuya Makino in 2020, and Michelle Endo in 2023 who was born of Chinese language and Japanese dad and mom, lived in Japan for awhile, and finally selected American citizenship (Japanese Polies). The primary and solely Mexican-American was Navy Seabee CMH2 (heavy development mechanic second class) Jose Gomez in 1961…the primary African-American was nearly definitely Navy RM2 (radioman second class) Roderick H. (Henri) Miles in 1969 (one other African-American had wintered at Byrd in 1961).

The primary Canadian to winter was 1973 Navy mechanic Gerald Davis who was initially from Canada. There have been a complete of 18 of us with Canadian heritage, together with 3 winter website managers. Here’s the list of all Canadians.


The primary Russian (Soviet) trade scientist was Peter Astakhov in 1967; he was adopted 10 years later by Alex Zaitsev in 1977. A yr later in 1978, Alex was adopted up by Rurik M. Galkin in 1978, and Yuri Latov wintered in 1982. From the post-Soviet period, Russian Nikolai Makarov wintered in 1995, Ukrainian Nick (Nicolai) Starinski wintered in 1999, and most not too long ago, Seva Kotlyar is wintering in 2022 as the facility plant lead.

The primary Kiwi males have been met observers Barry Porter and Bernie Maguire in 1976, and the primary NZ ladies have been carpenters Kate Batten and Vicky Ward in 2005 (the complete list of 27 New Zealanders).


The primary Australian was Barry Woodberry who got here down with the US Nationwide Bureau of Requirements in 1966. The second Aussie can also be notable–Graeme Currie wintered in 1981 (he wintered eleven occasions at varied Australian and different stations)…the primary Australian lady was AST/RO observer Jules Harnett in 2004. There have been at the least 19 to this point who’ve wintered, most not too long ago together with 2021 SPT researcher Matthew Younger, 2020 SPT astronomer Geoffrey Chen, in addition to 2019 machinist Steele Diggles and energy plant mechanic Dennis Calhoun, who’s a transplanted US–>Australian citizen (the list of Australians).


the South Pole marker installed on 1 January 2011
On New Years Day 2011, this superb marker made its look! The primary with a completed
wooden base and shifting components! A superb South Pole marker for the centennial yr of the
first visits to this place, lengthy earlier than there was a everlasting station! This marker was designed
in the course of the 2010 winter by David Holmes, and created by machinist Derek Aboltins. Right here is the
rest of the story
in regards to the marker and the set up ceremony.

Talking of winterovers from Sweden, there now are five–in 2022 sous chef Niko Winegarner is wintering. In 2019 supplies particular person Viktor Barricklow returned (he additionally wintered in 2017 and has twin Swedish/US citizenship). SPT observer Daniel Michalik, with twin Swedish/German citizenship, wintered in 2017. Earlier, there have been IceCube man Sven Lidstrm; he wintered in 2007 and was again for 2012 (he additionally spent a number of summers at Pole and is at the moment working for Norway’s Antarctic program), and cosray observer Lars Andersson in 1966.

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From a bit south of Sweden within the Low International locations, there have been two Belgians–Freija Descamps, one of many 2011 IceCube observers, and Jean-Marie Moreau, the 1990 physician. And Erik Verhagen, with IceCube in 2009, was the primary Netherlands citizen to winter.


Noah White, radioman/comms man, wintered thrice in 1967, 1970, and 1979. He is the one particular person to winter each on the authentic station (Previous Pole) and below the dome, the one particular person to winter each as a Navy man and a civilian, and the primary particular person to winter thrice. Sure, I’ve met him, he was an excellent man, sadly, he handed away in early 2019.


1995 and 1996 have been fascinating winters…1995 was the final yr WITH a scheduled midwinter airdrop and WITHOUT web. In addition they have been the primary years when anybody wintered consecutively–Australian astronomer James (Jamie) Lloyd and NOAA science tech Jeff Otten wintered in each 1995 and 1996.


Again to nationalities…it now appears that the primary German to winter did so again in the actual outdated days of 1972–gravity geophysicist and German citizen Walter Zürn, who was spending time at UCLA after commencement from Stuttgart. Subsequent was 1983 w/o geophysicist Hans-Albert Dahlheim, who was learning the gravitational pull of the Moon (and gained the Around the World Race). Matthias Rumitz (AST/RO) and Robert Schwarz (AMANDA) have been subsequent, in 1997. By now there are twenty complete…right here is the list of Germans. As for the French, most likely the title for the primary man goes to the 2006 BICEP researcher Denis Barkats, and 2009 IceCube w/o Camille Parisel is the primary woman–she beforehand spent 14 months at Dumont d’Urville by way of the 2001 winter. And in 2022, IceCube grantee Celas Marie-Sainte, can also be from France. There have been three Italians–Moreno Baricevic, one of many 2022 IceCube grantees; the 2018 WSM Marco Tortonese, who additionally wintered in 2011 as a science tech; and the primary Italian was Paolo Calisse, the 2003 VIPER/AASTO winterover. 2010 (and 2011 and 2012) introduced Ricardo Lopez, the primary Polie initially from the Dominican Republic, and 2005 featured the primary Jamaican, fellow winterover and HR particular person Kurt Montas.

the South Pole marker installed on 1 January 2010
This distinctive 2010 marker options the South Pole Telescope together with 43 IceCube DOMs,
one for every of the 2009 wo’s.It was designed and fabricated by the 2009 SCOARA machinist
Steele Diggles. Extra information and photos by Forest Banks, together with the location ceremony
on New Years Day…



Laser scientist Ashraf El-Dakrouri, who wintered in 2000, was the primary Egyptian (and the primary particular person from any Arab or Muslim nation) to winter at Pole (profile article from the 16 January 2000 Antarctic Solar). Hein Van Bui, the 1988 w/o laptop tech, was the primary particular person from Vietnam to winter. He was adopted by Hien Nguyen, the 1994 SPIREX researcher/SSL; and Xuan Ta, the 2004 Title II inspector. There have been 4 Chinese language (PRC) residents to winter: AST/RO astronomer Xiaolei Zhang (1998), AMANDA researcher Xinhua Bai (1999),Kecheng Xiao (AST/RO, 2002), and electrician Hung So (2010).


We have had 4 individuals from India winter…the primary was Roopesh Ojha, a citizen of the Republic of India who wintered with CARA/ASTRO in 1999. Additionally there with him that yr was science tech Reza Mossadeque (of Indian and Bangladeshi origin, though he was an American citizen when he wintered). Subsequent was 2007 w/o Karthik Soundarapandian, one other India citizen, who wintered and is at the moment working with IceCube. Extra not too long ago, Aman Chokshi wintered in 2022 with SPT.


From the UK I imagine we have now had fifteen winterovers (which incorporates a few of us with twin NZ/British citizenship), the newest one wintered in 2021–IceCube researcher Joshua Veitch-Michaelis (list of British citizens). And from an emerald island subsequent to the UK it appears 2010 winter website supervisor Mel MacMahon claims each Irish and Canadian heritage, and 1990 CUSP affiliate Richard Collins was an Irish citizen.

From elsewhere in Europe, observe that 2012 prepare dinner Kate McGrew was the primary Pole to winter at Pole (!) From a bit south of there, Monique Gerbex, the 2003 work order planner, hailed from Switzerland. Talking of Switzerland, 2023 IceCube winterover Marc Jacquart additionally hails from there…and never winterover statistics however necessary to me…one of many GFAs who was with us in 1976-77, the late Dave Pluth, turned up at our 2007 Pole Soul reunion in Boulder to inform us that he’d turn into a Swiss citizen. Lastly, again within the US of A (however not the 50 states), electrician Osvaldo Torres, who wintered in 2004, is from Puerto Rico.




Some station administration statistics (these consult with the winter website supervisor, not the world supervisor/resident supervisor place, which was created for the primary time for the 1977-78 summer time). The yr earlier than then, the station supervisor had, shall I say (because it was I ;-), a bit extra to do in the course of the summer time: For the 2005 winter–Invoice Henriksen was the primary particular person to return for the second time as manager–in 2003 he had the identical job (his first winter was as Title II inspector in 2000). In 2006 by way of 2018 he wintered in McMurdo because the NSF supervisor. Katie Hess, the 2008 supervisor, returned to do this once more in 2012. Janet Phillips in 1994 was the primary feminine supervisor. After the McMurdo winfly, all 3 US stations had feminine administration for the primary time–Karen Schwall at McM and Ann Peoples at Palmer in addition to Janet (her article about the experience). Oh, Janet went on to handle Palmer Station in 1996. Talking of Palmer Station…AFAIK the document of essentially the most occasions as winter website supervisor wherever goes to Ken Keenan…his first winter was at Pole with me in 2005, however subsequently he is been the Palmer winter website supervisor 9 occasions between 2009 and 2022.


Three managers in the course of the civilian period have been last-minute replacements–Dan Morton in 1976, Wealthy Wiik in 1983, and Dennis O’Neill in 1991. Wealthy and Dennis had been at Pole, scheduled to winter in different positions, however Dan had NOT labored at Pole and was not initially scheduled to winter till 1977. All 3 guys are mates of mine and did nicely.


Final however not least, some statistics that had nothing to do with Pole till 2014. For plenty of years since 2004, energy plant mechanic Rocky (Gerald or Gerry) Ness held the all-time document for 15 Antarctic winters–all at Palmer and McMurdo. However in 2014 that document was damaged by two individuals. At McMurdo, George Lampman had his sixteenth CONSECUTIVE winter…all of them at McMurdo, extra not too long ago as operations supervisor. He was documented within the movie Antarctica: A Year On Ice. And at Pole, Johan Sales space additionally had his sixteenth winter in 2016, none of which have been at McMurdo. Each George and Johan had their seventeenth winters in 2015. Johan had his 18th winter in 2016. however George didn’t. As of 2016 the undisputed document holder for girls was Wendy Kober who had her fifteenth winter that yr. Beforehand in 2015 Wendy had tied Angela Garner at 14 winters. Angela wintered once more in 2017, so the 2 ladies Wendy and Angela are nonetheless tied at 15 winters.

Again to the boys…the particular person with essentially the most complete Antarctic winters is…Rex Cotten! He’s wintering at McMurdo in 2023–his twenty third winter, once more monitoring the NASA McMurdo Floor Station, a 10-meter antenna which screens and downloads information from polar-orbiting science satellites…a mission which has gotten rather more helpful with the provision of the brand new web earth station at McMurdo (more project info from the NSF Science Planning Summary). All of his winters are consecutive (I believe). At one time, he and the late Johan Sales space (alas, Johan handed away from most cancers on 29 June 2022 obituary) have been tied for 20 winters. Johan wintered six occasions at Palmer between 1994 and 2004, and 14 occasions at Pole between 1995 and 2020. The twists…Rex’s winters have all been at McMurdo, whereas all of Johan’s winters have been at Palmer and Pole. All in fact in Antarctica, and naturally all of Rex’s winters have been south of the Antarctic Circle.


Sure, I do know, there have to be extra very important stats–send em to me!!

the South Pole marker installed on 1 January 2007
The 2007 Pole marker (Antarctic photo library, photograph by Glenn Grant). The marker was
designed by 2006 (and 2005 🙂 AND 2004 w/o electrician Clayton Cornia. Sure…as soon as
once more, every dimple represents one of many 64 winterovers.

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