Solitary Confinement on Antarctica

Solitary Confinement on Antarctica :

During my assignment of a one year long period of solitary confinement on Antarctica the three things that I would bring with me would be… a computer equipped with internet access and teleconferencing capabilities…my ski equipment including my climbing gear; and a snowmobile that is run by electricity because of a lack of Mobil stations at the South Pole. The computer, ski equipment and snowmobile would allow me to endure and make the best of a yearlong period that would be pure Hell without these three things.

The subzero climate of the Antarctic winter would make it unbearable to venture outside of my quarters. The computer that I would bring would allow me to keep in contact with the world outside of Antarctica, and with my family and friends via the internet and teleconferencing. The computer would also serve as a way for me to keep a journal of the events that occurred throughout my yearlong solitary confinement at the life deficient South Pole. My computer would also provide a source of entertainment with games and programs I could use to pass the time.

I would bring my alpine ski equipment along with my rock climbing gear to the earth's frozen basement. The two passions of my life are snow skiing and rock climbing. On the Antarctic continent lie many mountain ranges that have the world's driest and most plentiful powder and the most magnificent rock and ice faces and cliffs. These conditions are a skier's and rock climber's heaven. The mountains could provide me with a sense of extreme pleasure and make my stay in the earth's freezer well worth it. There is one problem with skiing in Antarctica, there are no ski lifts. This would pose a problem to me if I didn't have my climbing gear. However, I was intelligent enough to realize that I would have to climb the mountains in order to ski them, which is why I brought my climbing gear.

To provide transportation around the continent and to the mountains I would bring an electric snowmobile to Antarctica. The snowmobile would have to run on stored electricity and be rechargeable. I would cruise the frozen plains of Antarctica on the snowmobile, observing one of the last uncharted frontiers of the modern world. I would be able to see the creatures of the world of ice and observe how they have adapted to life in the Antarctic.

A yearlong span of solitary confinement spent in the Antarctic could be endured and enjoyed by myself if I had these possessions with me. I would not willingly go to Antarctica by myself for a year. However, I would choose to go to this frozen part of our planet for a short stay, along with a few companions to ski, and observe the last undeveloped and unpopulated continent of the earth.

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