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Default Life in Antarctica.

Pretty cool quick 13 min video about the "Halley VI" station in Antarctica for anyone who is interested. Some footage and timelapse included as well. Pretty incredible people can last a whole year and sometimes even longer so far away from everything! On the other hand, it looks peaceful away from it all



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Pretty cool, Alex. I loved the penguins, but all that snow reminds me of years in the mountain states and digging out of three feet of snow, or having to pull over and put chains on my tires to get around town. I don't miss that at all.
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Pretty cool, Alex. I loved the penguins, but all that snow reminds me of years in the mountain states and digging out of three feet of snow, or having to pull over and put chains on my tires to get around town. I don't miss that at all.
Lol, I don't blame you at all for that. I've never lived in a very bad snowy environment. Closest I'd been was living in the suburb of Paris 10 or so years ago and having icy, frozen roads with occasional snow during the winter. Not every winter, and if it did happen it was very rare you had to get a shovel and start digging to get to work

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Man, I beat you could throw some nice beams at night down there, where it's just star light. Would make some awesome pictures with the ice reflecting the laser beam. It's a bit out of the way, but a man can dream.

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Man, I beat you could throw some nice beams at night down there, where it's just star light. Would make some awesome pictures with the ice reflecting the laser beam. It's a bit out of the way, but a man can dream.

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Nice vid Hap,
It really has to take some special people to work there and survive..
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I put a resume in to work there, they offered, but the pay was too low.
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Living there does not appeal to me, it's just the cold though. The isolation not so much as long as you have a usable internet connection to the rest of the world and such.

I don't fancy the poles, but there are some pretty isolated areas around the world which have more appealing climates.

For example visited the Baliem valley on indonesian papua several years ago. The only way in or out of there is by airplane - there were roads constructed but bridges have collapsed since so there is no realistic way in or out by car, and the distances are such that walking out of there would take weeks at best.

Like antarctic bases, everything has to be flown into there, from drinking water to fuel. The main city there has electricity, powered by generators running on fuel being flown in in drums.

This only powers the main city tough, once you hike out of that there is no power, no fuel, no potable water.

Though the environment is beautiful i understand why people want to run away from such places: they are nice to visit briefly but would not be nice to live in for any amount of time.
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I don't fancy the poles, but there are some pretty isolated areas around the world which have more appealing climates.

For example visited the Baliem valley on indonesian papua several years ago. The only way in or out of there is by airplane - there were roads constructed but bridges have collapsed since so there is no realistic way in or out by car, and the distances are such that walking out of there would take weeks at best.

Like antarctic bases, everything has to be flown into there, from drinking water to fuel. The main city there has electricity, powered by generators running on fuel being flown in in drums.

This only powers the main city tough, once you hike out of that there is no power, no fuel, no potable water.

Though the environment is beautiful i understand why people want to run away from such places: they are nice to visit briefly but would not be nice to live in for any amount of time.
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I'm sure there are many places like these - only resupplied by ship or plane depending on weather conditions and all.

I've been to several more or less remote locations, and the shift is from 'worry about what we dont have' to 'lets see what we can make of what we do have' mostly.

About 10 years ago i visited mount kelimutu on flores, indonesia, and spent 2 nights there with a friend. Despite being a tiny town at the time it had a few restaurants with menu's featring several dishes.

Upon ordering it was quite clear that they had none of them in stock - no chicken, no fish, certainly no meat. Oddly the next day several things were provided. As it happened to be my birthday they managed to supply a candle in the morning. They also slaughtered a chicken so we could have that for dinner the evening after.

I'm sure the place is not like it was then anymore.

Seeing the coloured volanic lakes back then was an effort. As i understand right now it is much easier to access, but you need to pay a steep entrance fee. Back then there was no entrance fee at all, but you had to climb the last few hundred feet on foot as there as no road either
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I'm sure there are many places like these - only resupplied by ship or plane depending on weather conditions and all.

I've been to several more or less remote locations, and the shift is from 'worry about what we dont have' to 'lets see what we can make of what we do have' mostly.

About 10 years ago i visited mount kelimutu on flores, indonesia, and spent 2 nights there with a friend. Despite being a tiny town at the time it had a few restaurants with menu's featring several dishes.

Upon ordering it was quite clear that they had none of them in stock - no chicken, no fish, certainly no meat. Oddly the next day several things were provided. As it happened to be my birthday they managed to supply a candle in the morning. They also slaughtered a chicken so we could have that for dinner the evening after.

I'm sure the place is not like it was then anymore.

Seeing the coloured volanic lakes back then was an effort. As i understand right now it is much easier to access, but you need to pay a steep entrance fee. Back then there was no entrance fee at all, but you had to climb the last few hundred feet on foot as there as no road either
Yikes haha. The most remote place I've been to if I had to say was when I went on vacation to the Amazon to a place called "La Selva", this was our final destination. Let me tell you how you get there:

First up, you must take a flight from Quito, Ecuador at this airport (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marisc...d_destinations) with a landing here in this small town on the Coca River near the Amazon (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franci...ellana_Airport). Finally, you take a boat ride for 3 hours down the river and I remember passing an oil drilling station into the wild, calm Amazon rainforest. Once you reached the crossing point, where you take a small canoe into the lodge which is literally hidden inside the forest, you've arrived! Yay!

I had some great memories there. I went fishing for Piranhas, went looking at bats at dusk, saw a butterfly farm and even took hikes through the jungle. The Lodge was called "La Selva". Below is the link to the website for them. I also remember a small Coke bottle costing like $3 lol! I miss it

La Selva Amazon Eco Lodge - Ecuador Amazon Tour

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The Coca River? Wonder where it got its name? Did you partake? I understand that the leaves are rolled up with something that is basic, or high in pH, and chewed.
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I dunno where it got it's name Paul. I simply went on it to get to my destination

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