6 One Day of a Russian Polar Explorer

One Day of a Russian Polar Explorer

Posted on November 28, 2014 by team

We’ve just had a post about awesome icebreakers sailing to the farthest places of our planet and right now we are going to visit one them.

A Russian polar explorer Alexey, 39, tells about his ordinary working day at the cold pole of the Earth, the Russian Antarctic station “Vostok”. You are invited to spend his January 31, 2014 with him.

7.50 a.m. – time to wake up.

There is no mobile connection here so Alexey uses his smartphone only as an alarm clock.

There is no water supply system either, so they have to melt snow to wash…

Having washed and dressed, Alexey comes out to see this…

He lives in the “house on sledges” that ha long ago sunk deeply into the snow. To go outside he needs to walk through a tunnel dug in the snow.

Finally he is outside!

This is that very “Vostok” station – one of the loneliest and hard-to-reach places on the planet. To the right is a diesel power station that gives polar explorers light and warmth.

Interior of the main premises of the station looks like this. You can see the sculpture of Alexey Treshnikov, the man who founded the “Vostok” station.

There are three doors in the corridor to keep the premises warm. This place is called “the Broadcasting House”.

This is a kitchen.

Alexey finishes his breakfast and goes to work at the glaciological laboratory of the drilling facility 5D. This is how it looks like from the side of the station.

5D means – fifth depth. This is Pavel who’s drinking his morning coffee at work.

Alexey has a winch under control.


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6 Responses to “One Day of a Russian Polar Explorer”

  1. RobertM says:

    LMAO! I can’t believe the first comment I see on this site is a SPAM message in Russian! Bozhe moj!

  2. andy says:

    Just ignore comments by these trolls – they are all over the web.
    Thanks, ER for these photos which show Russia’s scientific
    strength in the Antarctic!

  3. Jim William says:

    Great post …as always! Thanks!

  4. Erik says:

    What a group of dedicated people !
    Thanks ER .
    As always , thought provoking and interesting .

  5. Hanni-Ba'al Lenguadeserpiente says:

    The perforation was complete sucessful since 2011, why russian people maintain this in complete secretism until this photos? No other information about this scientific expedition exist in the web or the results for the 5D drilling Vostok Lake. I know something about a DNA bachteria founded in the head of the drill before complete the drilling, in 2013, but no more. Now, this year, USA has the same prupose in other subterrean lake in Antartida. This seems to rare to me

  6. Enrico Ferrari says:

    Well this places seems abandoned even if with people inside. Dirt all over, very very old furniture, everyting looks so soviet and probably not even cleaned since that period!

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