NOR-USA Traverse celebrates New Year’s Day at Pole of Inaccessibility
The Norwegian-US Traverse team celebrated New Year’s Day at the most remote location on the Antarctic continent, the Pole of Inaccessibility!
This location is the farthest point from any coast of the continent. At 82.11145oS, 55.03448oE, it is at an altitude of 3732 meters above sea level. Soviet Union scientists first visited this location and set up a small cabin in December 1958, and they occupied the site for several weeks. They left a bust of V.I. Lenin on top of the chimney, facing Moscow. Today the bust is clearly visible from many kilometers away, and remains as they left it on the chimney, although the cabin itself is buried under the snow. Several other scientific traverses have since visited this historic site, the Soviet Antarctic Expedition in 1963-64 and 1966-67, and the U.S. South Pole-Queen Maud Land Traverses in 1965, both contributions to the third International Polar Year, which is also called the International Geophysical Year.
Almost half a century later, our NOR-USA traverse camp location is about 4 km from the historic site, in order to drill ice cores and undertake climate investigations at a pristine location. The Norwegian-US Scientific Traverse is a contribution to the International Polar Year 2007-9; the spirit of the International Polar Years is alive and well!