We reached McMurdo on Nov 10 by C-17 jet. We could walk around at will, and were allowed into the cockpit to see amazing views of Antarctica. We landed at around 3:00 p.m. and were quickly taken to McMurdo station. We attended a series of orientation lectures and were handed over our dorm room keys.
All people who have to work in the field are required to go to 2 day “Happy Camper” school where they learn essential survival skills. Apart from other things, we learned how to keep ourselves warm in the field, pitch tents in the snow so that they are not blown away by strong winds, build a quinzee and dig a trench, heat water in windy weather, communicate using radios. It was a very useful course, though we were glad to come back to warmth and hot showers.