In 1990 I flew to McMurdo Station Antarctica to work with the U.S. Navy and spent 13 months on the ice.

      The tradition on the ice was this; the equipment operators gave a name to all the vehicles, bulldozers, front-end loaders, etc.  I was not a heavy equipment operator, but during that winter I missed my wife Vicki, I found this small D-3 Cat which did not have a name, so I named it in 1991 after my wife Vicki "Vicki B".  I recently in 2007 received and email from a guy in McMurdo Station Antarctica, and I asked him if he had ever seen a D-3 named Vicki B, after a few weeks he sent me these pictures, after 19 years the Little Vicki B is still pushing dirt and snow on the ice.

      15 days of ice survival training on the Ross Ice Shelf 75 miles from McMurdo Station.  Roped up and learning to see and find crevasse.

       Learning the art of repelling then to use the Prussic knot (Prusik) to climb back up, and doing this with bear paw mittens.   The temperature is around -20 degrees F; (-28.9 C (Celsius), and a nice sunny day with zero wind.

      At the end of each day we had to make camp. Every other day we cut blocks of snow and built igloos.   You can see the wind break snow walls we built to protect our tents.   Eating was a full time job, as well as drinking water; with the humidity at less than 1% the Antractica atmosphere pulls the moisture from your body as fast as you can replenish it.