And it burns, burns, burns… The 150 Degrees Club

I am now in the '150 DEGREES CLUB', of which there are three members.

Today I joined Frenchie and our Astronomer, Karim, for a Sauna.

The Sauna was built at our base in Antarctica a few years ago by a (lunatic) Norweigan who came here to drill ice holes.

Minus 50.3 Degree Celcius Windchill

Minus 50.3 Degree Celcius Windchill

The outdoor temperature was Minus 50.1 degrees.  It seems the Americans have a 100 DEGREES CLUB.  To better the Americans, we have made a 150 DEGREES CLUB - where we went in one sweet step from Plus 100 degrees Celcius in the Sauna to Minus 50 degrees outside.  I pulled off a 100m sprint in my Hawaiian shorts and Crocs.  Just to see the British one step better than the French.

Plus 90, before someone poured on more oil

Plus 90, before someone poured on more oil

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This photo shows the hair on my arm afterwards.

After running 100 metres in minus 50 degrees... de-icer required

After running 100 metres in minus 50 degrees... de-icer required

I hope the British Olympic athletes make the same effort.
Here lies the first piece of my own personal physiology research in Antarctica.  To my bosses at the European Space Agency - if we are going to Mars, please can we take a sauna?

Frenchie... trying to stay upright

Frenchie... trying to stay upright

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enjoy the warm winter back home kids!

Date

January 22, 2012

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