Drifted Arch

Two weeks ago we had about 5 or 6 days of heavy winds. Wind speed averaged about 20-30 knots, making records for a few of the days. We got up to 35 knot gusts which created a lot of drifting. The South Pole is the driest place on Earth so there are only a few days a year of snow(which is actually falling ice crystals). But, with all the wind we get in the winter there is tons of drifting. It mostly happens behind buildings or other objects that change the course of the wind and creates a big accumulation of ice hiding behind them. untitled-1036-6

Our LO Arch drifted so much in 5 days that we could barely see the top of it. Once the wind finally died down and temperatures were warm enough to operate machinery, I went to work. I used a 953 loader and a bucket to dig out the arch doors. My coworkers were inside digging out behind the doors so we could get them open.


I am climbing on the mounds of snow that came in through cracks in the door.

It took me 4 hours to move enough snow so Max could get in the arch with a 277 (smaller) loader and collect the snow that was built up inside.


And finally, the doors are open and we were able to bring in food crates from the berms!


  1. Now that’s the real Antarctic Deal, digging out drifted buildings, storage berms or equipment. A lot of work but I always enjoyed it, nothing is given to you there, you will work for everything that sustains your daily life….I’m jealous


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