Our Voyage Up The Mountain
The 2016/17 season was a busy one on Mount Erebus. Some 32 National Science Foundation personnel and grantees stayed on the summit for stints lasting more than eight hours. Many came to carry out scientific research. Others came to repair the structures, experiments, and huts that humans have boldly erected and that the mountain’s elements continue to sunder. No tourists came. To visit Antarctica’s steaming mountain, one must have a very good reason, and only personnel with specific designated duties are allowed upon its crown.