Week 46 at the Pole

Group photo of four winterovers standing in front of the IceCube Lab under blue sky.
Wenceslas Marie-Sainte, IceCube/NSF

Finally, the annual changing of the guard for IceCube winterovers took place last week at the Pole. Newcomers Hrvoje Dujmovic and Marc Jacquart arrived in time to get in a little training with outgoing winterovers Celas Marie-Sainte and Moreno Baricevic—all four in the photo above. Hrvoje and Marc, who will be at the Pole for the next year or so, had a busy week. They toured the station, were introduced to winter vehicle operation, and trekked out to the IceCube Lab to perform inclinometer measurements. Also, a very short power outage presented an opportunity to see how quickly any dropped DOMs can be brought back online. Having just arrived from McMurdo Station, the new winterovers shared some photos from the coast, including a view from high up with Mt. Erebus (the southernmost active volcano) in the background as well as a seal and its baby sunbathing on the ice.

A high-up view of McMurdo with Mt. Erebus in the distance.
Hrvoje Dujmovic, IceCube/NSF
Two winterovers hiking toward Castle Rock.
Marc Jacquart, IceCube/NSF
A seal and its baby sunbathing on the ice.
Marc Jacquart, IceCube/NSF