National Geographic : 2012 Jul
Hut, has two small buildings (the eponymous hut and a shed) with electricity, heat, chairs, tables, and a stove with an oven, Fang consists of nothing but a row of tents pitched on snow. Camping in this environment presents certain di culties. For example, if you don't eat your food within a few minutes of its being cooked, it will freeze. One morning I didn't eat my ce- real fast enough---and had to chip it out of the bowl. e only way to keep something warm is to heat it with your own body heat. is means you must keep it with you in your sleeping bag. Which is how I came to share my sleeping bag with lip balm, moisturizer, toothpaste, baby wipes, a camera, a watch, several pens, one pair of tent slippers, two pairs of gloves, two water bottles, three batteries, and three pee bottles. Pee bottles? To acclimate to altitude you must drink one and a half to two gallons of liquid a day, all of which, incidentally, has to be made by melting snow. Drinking so much has obvi- ous consequences. So at Fang there is a toilet tent. However, to go to the toilet tent you must Stu Arnold of the research support agency Antarctica New Zealand steadies a drill bit, while microbiologist Craig Cary drives it into an ice-tower wall. Moments later, cries of delight: ey have a perfect ice core. ey hope it will contain microbes lo ed from deep within the volcano and frozen in the tower ice.