“I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” – Robert Louis Stevenson
When we can’t, won’t or don’t travel, the perk is being able to enjoy the stories and learn from those who do.
Wayne White is the author of Cold – Three Winters at the South Pole, Amazon.
Ice, Ice, Ice – Where’s Wayne? Walking outside – 2017, 2019, 2020. As of July 1, 2020: 3674 miles. *If no return, look for frozen pile when Sun returns in September. Words taken from an image included in the book.
Tracing the path of men he admired, Wayne has achieved what few have. Completion of 3 Winters (and 2 Summers) at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station. Fun fact: that job experience makes him uniquely qualified to speak to the challenges that long term space travel might present.
During our brief conversation to set up the interview, Wayne said he died in 1985. I asked him if that was an NDE. He paused and said it was something like that. Then he sent the newspaper clippings.
In this Wendy’s Coffeehouse interview, we start with the back story of that ‘near death’ event in the first segment. Not included the book – and just as fascinating – Wayne talks about some of his paranormal experiences (camping out on a battlefield site known to be extremely haunted), and the unusual artifacts he has collected from his travels, including one item not intended for anyone else to ever lay eyes on but him. That’s in the second half of the show: Link.
Wayne’s Amazon Author Bio: Hello Folks, I am a US Marine Veteran. I spent two summers and three winters as the Winter Site Manager at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station. I have a major interest in historical exploration and have a *home in Rockport Texas. I have a very kind hearted wife (Melissa) and due to that have 20 cats!
*His house is haunted.
Wayne shares details on the challenging process of selecting/hiring various crews and highlights the successes and failures.
Given the unique circumstances, those who are considering a trip to Mars might find some relevant insight. Isolation, sensory deprivation, confinement in close quarters alongside others with whom you may or may not have much in common. No doubt, long term space travelers and residents of outpost colonies will face challenging scenarios we have yet to imagine.
Edited review from an Amazon Reader: who had a conversation with Wayne.
“What’s the coldest you’ve ever been?”
The guy sips his coffee.
“101? That’s hot.”
“For a time. But 101 was when I was at the South Pole.”
You look at your coffee cup.
“Well what was *that* like?”
And the guy with the white hair tells you.
Wayne White’s “Cold” comes from the author’s experience as station manager for the winter-over crews at Antarctica’s South Pole Station. Unlike most explorer narratives which have the author achieve the goal and leave, Wayne did it three times. The people, the weather, and his story of running one of the most remote workplaces in the world. It’s a completely alien setting, more like outer space than here on Earth.”
The reader calls it a “must read”.
Wayne is a member of the Explorers Club of New York City and the Adventurers Club of Los Angeles. Here’s the video of his recent presentation. Link.
Does Wayne know anything about the rumored Alien/UFO base? He has been asked about that – and mentions it in our interview. Also talks about a UFO almost sighting.
Perfectly timed topic for the Ancient Aliens episode on Admiral Byrd’s Crystal City Discovery.
Episode Overview: During an Arctic expedition, Naval officer Richard Byrd makes a very unusual discovery, in this clip from Season 18, “Secrets of Inner Earth.”
1. Earlier this year, there was a birthday celebration for the last surviving member of Admiral Byrd’s expedition to Antarctica. Link. Robert R. Johnson turned 102. In Atlantic Beach, he talked about Operation High Jump.
2. a. Another gem on the reading list. Alone: The Classic Polar Adventure, Amazon, written by Admiral Byrd.
2. b. Hollow Earth – the laundry list. Link.
2. c. Hollow Earth – debunked. Again. Link.
3. Climate change is triggering an alien invasion of a different sort. Link.
4. Lake Mead reveal. “Rocks that haven’t been seen since the 1930s when the Hoover Dam was built.” Link.
5. Adventure challenge. Arctic survival. The twitter footage is from ‘The Polar Bear Family & Me‘, 2013, BBC. Link.
6. In search of Spooky? These walks in the woods emphasize fright factor. Example: “Bermuda Triangle of Romania” forest. Home to UFO sightings, glowing eyes, strange disappearances, in addition to trees that look like they were plucked from the Upside Down. Link.
“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.” – Robert Louis Stevenson, Bio. Poetry: My Shadow. Link.