Roughly 9,000 miles from Tacoma, while serving as a hazardous waste supervisor at Antarctica’s McMurdo Station, Lexie Carey ’11 saw someone carrying a water bottle with a Puget Sound sticker. It turned out to be Becca Ebert ’16, a waste management specialist.

Carey would soon find out that she and Ebert weren’t the only Loggers in this small seasonal community of workers and scientists; there was also the couple of Robyn Thomas ’18, a senior lab assistant at the Crary Science and Engineering Center, and Patrick Johnson ’18, a fuels operator. 

U.S. researchers have been traveling to McMurdo Station since 1956 to study the icy continent and its relationship to the rest of the planet. The four Loggers were among the support staff at McMurdo during the Antarctic summer that ended last March—and all but Ebert are back again this season. We spoke to the four about what drives their longing for adventure, and what it’s like to spend several months on a continent most of us will never have the opportunity to visit.