Originally Posted by NoTies
They had a circle of flags
that you had to run around. It was also bloody cold & I was rugged up in all the cold weather gear
Pfffft . . . wuss!
When you were down there, didn't anyone invite you to join the "300 Club?"
Here's the set-up: When the temperature drops below -100 Farenheit, those who are working at the South Pole rush to the sauna and crank it up to the maximum, +200 Farenheit. those who want to join The 300 Club go into the sauna and stay there for as long as they can - maybe 15-20 minutes. Then, before they pass out from the extreme heat, they bolt from the sauna and run naked
(except for shoes, and some protection for the nose and ears) the 1/4 mile to the South Pole, around the Pole and back into the sauna, thereby experiencing an instant 300 degree temperature drop, a half mile run and a quick 300 degree temperature rise at the end. All this in just a few minutes - the amount of time it takes to complete the half mile round-trip (plus, have your picture taken at the pole if you're not in a hurry.)
of The 300 Club is not huge.
To hear this for yourself, go to http://thestory.org/archive/the_story_949_Haiti.mp3
and move the little round slider over about an inch. After the Haiti
earthquake report, the rest of the audio is an interview with Jerry Macala, manager of the South Pole facility in 2001-2002 - the winter that the polar station's doctor had to be airlifted out to save his life.