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Room With a View

By Jason Backlund“Room With a View” is a morale trip here at McMurdo Station, and it sure worked. Near the end of the season people start to take these types of trips to keep their spirit up for the last push before going home. I received mine yesterday, and it was awesome. We traveled 1,400 feet up the side of Mt. Erubus on snowmobiles.

It was so much fun, it almost felt as though I was on vacation just enjoying this beautiful landscape. The view from up there was amazing, despite some low-lying clouds, but the weather was great. It was about 32F with a slight breeze.

It was so nice to get out of town and see something new. It really lifts the morale and makes you feel revived. Now I can check off snowmobiling in Antarctica off my bucket list. Well, here are some pictures from my trip.

Low clouds overhead as we head out

Beautiful day for a ride

My friend Cory and me

Can't get this view of Erubus from town

Open water out in the distance

Part of the Erubus Glacier

Sun coming through the low-lying clouds

It's a guy thing


  • Gloria

    Just heard that someone else from the TC area is down there cooking; Mary?  Kathy?  You ask around & I will ask around, too.  Really enjoy your reports & pictures.

    • Backlundjason

      yes there is but she is down at the south pole

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