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By Alexa Thomson

She got here. She observed. She burnt the toast. a tender lady with a stellar urban occupation yet an expanding dissatisfaction with lifestyles, Alexa applies for the placement of prepare dinner with a personal corporation which organises Antarctic operations. Armed with an outdated cookbook, she makes an attempt to create three-course nutrients with out electrical energy or working water and struggles to defrost meat within the coldest position on the earth. lifestyles in a skinny nylon tent within the corporation of scientists, explorers and eccentrics quickly starts to tackle outstanding dimensions. As 75-mile-an-hour winds blow and tensions upward push, friendships - and love - are cast during this frozen neighbourhood. Alexa Thomson has been an internet fashion designer for an funding financial institution and a author for Salon.com. She divides her time among Sydney and San Francisco

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The dining tent is the hub and everything else radiates out from it. This tent is where we all live. It’s where I cook, where Mike makes his daily radio checks with the nearby bases, where Lisa attempts to contact her husband Maxo, who is flying a DC-3 somewhere out there for the National Science Foundation, an independent science agency of the US government. This is where Geoff does the washing up, where Ewan tinkers with his electronics and where our pilots Charlie and Blair relax after countless fuel flights to the Russian base of Novolazarevskaya.

At a starting price of about US$25,000 it is well out of orbit for the average backpacker. Blue 1 has one client here. Severin Klemenc is a Slovenian man who climbed Mount Vinson a few years ago and this time around will attempt to walk to the South Pole from Blue 1 on his own. To go anywhere in Antarctica is a feat of logistical, mental and physical planning. It has to take enormous will-power to believe such a journey can be possible. in36 36 27/09/2005 16:35:31 B ARN STORMING a leisurely Sunday breakfast.

There are three Twin Otters, a C-130 Hercules, a DC-3 and the Ilyushin. We roam about with no airport security checks conducted on any of us. Staff at any other airport would have an apoplexy at our comings and goings. Someone commandeers an old cattle truck to ferry the fuel to the plane. The rest of us are driven to the Ilyushin. We pile off the bus after dire warnings not to wander onto the tarmac proper or risk being swiped by an incoming jet. The Ilyushin is huge. It is approximately the size of a 747 and it has distinctive sloping wings that look like they’ve been injected with steroids.

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