Climbing Castle Rock
MCMURDO STATION, ANTARCTICA– Today we flew to McMurdo station. This is the first time in six years that my flight to McMurdo has gone ahead on schedule – weather delays are common when flying to Antarctica.
Nathan Whitehorn, a coworker of mine, and I flew down on a US military heavy cargo aircraft called a C-17 “Globemaster”.
The views from the plane as we flew over the mountainous interior and icepacks are always spectacular.
It is always pretty awe-inspiring when you get off the plane and one of the first things you see is Mount Erebus with its volcanic plume.
After we arrived in McMurdo, the first thing we did was get checked out safety-wise to climb Castle Rock. Every time I go to McMurdo I have wanted to hike this famous spot, and this year I finally got my chance. We were able to get checked out, and the weather was good.
You actually climb Castle Rock with the help of some prepositioned ropes.
It was a really fun day. We returned from climbing Castle Rock at 1:15am (at this time of year, it never gets dark).