December 02, 2003

Antarctica: The Best Place in the World to Be Naked

Antarctica is a fun place to be naked, because it just seems so improbable that anyone would want to be naked in Antarctica.

There are saunas in at least three of the dorms. This is key. This is something that I much look forward to when I am outside and cold. When I was in the field in West Antarctica, at camp, I sometimes thought "sauna sauna sauna sauna" or just "sauna. aaaahhhhhhhh." I very much looked forward to sauna-ing when I got back to McMurdo. Warm. Hot. Relaxing. Aaahhhh. To sauna with my friend Jen. To sauna with my friend Jen, hot and relaxed, gabbing about all that had happened over the past week.

I did have a wonderful sauna when I got back from Siple Dome, but haven't been sauna-ing much since then. It occurred to me several days ago, though, that a sauna session would be nice--it's something to look forward to after work--and we somehow ended up with a 6-person sauna session and after getting good and hot discussed the possibility of going outside to take some pictures and roll in the snow.

Hey, we're in Antarctica. Why not?

Posted by beth at December 2, 2003 01:12 PM | TrackBack

I knew it! You people are NUTS! But isn't it fun? I mean for you and all of us readers of your blog. Love Aunt Pat

Posted by: aunt pat on December 5, 2003 08:32 AM

your father told me that you had new entries and that one of them was about being naked in antarctica. i'm surprised that HE didn't have a comment about this one! is everyone crazy down there?

Posted by: wilma - mother of beth on December 6, 2003 05:37 AM

Hey! Ms. Shipp's fifth grade class wants to know if Mt. Erebus is active and eruptive. So, quit screwing around and get yer clothes on, Beth. Let's see the answer!

On the other hand, those of us who're beyond the chalkboard but still confined to stuffy buildings for the best part of the day are enjoying thinking about how exhilerating it is to be out in brisk air in the buff. Whew!

Posted by: billmill on December 6, 2003 08:49 AM

Hihi Beth, friend of Jen!!

This is Ryan in Austin TX, friend of Jen!!

Give Jen a huge hug for me okay? And tell her i look forward to her next visit to austin in the off season. You should come too ;) Maybe the antarctic personality density of the two of you combined will be enough to get me to join in next season.

You cool cats look like you are having entirely too much fun. And congratulations all, you were immortalized in the geek world because this blog posting got linked to


Posted by: Ryan G in Austin on December 24, 2003 07:55 AM

So pretty! I wish me and my boyfriend Greg could join you!

Posted by: jenna on December 24, 2003 07:28 PM

Looks great..Can I join you?

Posted by: charlie on December 25, 2003 02:07 AM

We wish you and every one a happy holiday

Posted by: gary and jodi on December 25, 2003 02:46 AM


Posted by: alanna on December 25, 2003 10:30 AM

What kind of gear do you use in that cold?

Thermal underwear?

I ride motorcycles year 'round, but here in the mountains of Arizona it gets pretty cold and I've never found gloves which will keep my hands warm while riding a bike at 15 degrees F.

Posted by: Fred on December 29, 2003 03:32 AM

Hi Beth: Just read your latest plus your entry on What I do. Am enthralled and captivated by your doings and will keep on reading - thank you for sharing your doings with us - a reader from Canada

Posted by: claudia peterkin on December 29, 2003 01:17 PM


Posted by: MIRIAM on December 30, 2003 05:38 AM

What was the air temperature when you took the picture? It's amazing how long the body keeps warm after leaving a sauna/hot spring; in the mountains of New Mexico I once hiked in only boots for a few hundred yards between hot springs during a snowstorm and didn't feel cold at all.

Posted by: George on December 30, 2003 03:09 PM

haha,you are all real heroes.Dont you feel cold?
I can not image it, but i like it, your brave!

Posted by: barry on December 31, 2003 02:06 PM

一帮猛男,还有一帮悍女,happy new year.How I admire you so much!

Posted by: Jenny on January 1, 2004 09:12 PM
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