My name is Robert Holmes, and my job requires me to travel to Antarctica every year. What do I do? I install and repair automatic weather stations in Antarctica. There are currently 53 of these stations in locations spread all around the continent, so although I spend the majority of my time at McMurdo Station, I get to go to many places beyond McMurdo.
During these trips, I
have taken many pictures of the various aspects of the frozen continent. I
have also been involved with many school projects, both while in Antarctica
and back here at home. Since it seemed like people were so interested in
Antarctica, I decided to put together a web page. There are lots of pictures
contained in the links, as well. So browse around and have fun!!!
Visit The Antarctic Connection, the online gift shop.
Gigantic Iceberg Breaks Loose!!!
I am in the ever on-going process of compiling a list of frequently asked questions (and their answers) about what it is like to work in the Antarctic.
Nearly all of the pictures that appear in the various sections of my web site can be found on the picture page as well.
Did You know... Interesting Antarctic Facts.
View McMurdo Station from the air, with a description of many of the buildings on the base.
The World Comes Together in Antarctica is a short summary of the Antarctic bases of countries around the world, with many links as well.
I kept a journals of three of my previous trips to the Antarctic. Check them out by clicking HERE.
Read the National Science Foundation booklet Historic Guide to Ross Island, Antarctica with some pictures added by me.
Read Your stay at McMurdo Station Antarctica, a National Science Foundation booklet given to visitors to McMurdo Station, Antarctica.
Read Your stay at Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station Antarctica, a National Science Foundation booklet given to visitors to Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, Antarctica.
Occasionally, accidents do happen in the Antarctic. I have included two stories of one such accident, an LC-130 that was stuck in a crevasse in November, 1998.
END OF AN ERA. Read the article, "United States Navy's VXE-6 Squadron Hands over "Operation Deep Freeze" to the New York Air National Guard's 109th Airlift Wing". It's an excellant article written by free lance aviation writer Noel Gillespie, who has graciously granted permission for it to be posted here.
A few of McMurdo's past residents have been kind enough to write short essays about their time in Antarctica. Things have sure changed over the last 40 years! If you are a past resident of McMurdo and would like to make a contribution to the page, drop me a line. You can use the link at the bottom of the page.
Read Thom Wilborn's Memories from the Ice. Thom was a Navy journalist during Operation Deepfreeze 1971-72.
Read the Antarctic Adventures (with some pictures!) of Jack Cummings, a resident of Hallett Station during Operation Deep Freeze 61 and of Palmer Station during Operation Deep Freeze 65.
Read the essay written by Jim Bartley, a winter-over resident of Byrd Station in 1964 and 1965.
Read the story of the Antarctic Saloon, written by Tom Landis, a Navy Seabee druing Operation Deep Freeze 77 and a Construction Coordinator in 1984.
Read a funny story written by Mike Walsh, a helicopter crewman in the mid 1970s.
Read a short essay written by John Shimberg about his summer vacation during Operation Highjump in 1947.
Read about the two summers that Bob Hagen, a Navy Seabee, spent at McMurdo Station in 1969-70 and 1970-71.
Read how Frank Witty, a Navy Seabee during Operation Deep Freeze III, 1957-1958, spent One Summer Vacation.
Read the thoughts and recolloections of Ed Lambert, a resident of McMurdo during Operation Deep Freeze IV, 1958-1959!
Read how Dennis Mooney remembers his time as a resident of McMurdo during the Winterover of 1968-69.
Here's what the weather is like right now at one of the automatic weather stations located at Williams Field, near McMurdo Station. And this is the current weather at Henry AWS site near the South Pole.
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If you have any gracious comments about this page, please mail them to me.
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