Adam C: Electronics engineer, lay surgical assistant, darts team champion
Adam, how many trips have you done to Antarctica and what brings you back here?
This is my third trip to Antarctica (previous winters at Davis in 2010 and 2012). I enjoy the work, the place, the people and the climate. The only downside is being away from family and friends for 18 months at a time.
What is it like being an electronics engineer here?
As far as I am concerned I have the best job on station. It is a pretty varied role with a bunch of different projects to support. As a result you are rarely doing the same thing for days on end. The work also takes you to some fantastic places around Davis that you wouldn’t otherwise get the chance to visit.
If not an electronics engineer, what job would you do?
Not sure, I applied for a job as an apprentice fitter and turner once. I think that would be the sort of thing I could find quite satisfying.
Best gig as an electronics engineer, Adam?
This one, no competition.
What do you love about Antarctica and what has been your best experience?
What’s not to love? The bit I probably miss most when I am back home is the sky down here. It is always changing and you get some really spectacular sunsets and atmospheric effects. On a clear night away from the lights of station the view of the stars is stunning. Too hard to pick just one experience — I had one particularly stunning helicopter flight back from the Amery (late in the day with the sun almost setting and the low light over the icebergs); the man-haul we did around the Vestfolds in 2010; and flying with Bob and Mike out around Beaver Lake would be in my top five.
Who inspires you?
Chris George stole my answer (Doc’s Dozen — 3rd July 2015 ) — not the John Rae bit (I thought he was a British superbike rider).
What have you learned living in our little community?
Not all Sultana Bran is ‘Sultana Bran’.
[Doc: I think we all learnt that valuable lesson Adam. Isn’t it wonderful how there is always someone around willing to educate you about the smallest of details?]
If you were a car, what car would you be?
Cars have too many wheels for my liking, but if I had to be a car it would be an A9X Torana (Australian made, foreign parent company, first released in 1977).
We have discussed the Australian-Danish connection to this part of Antarctica in our last interview in Doc’s Dozen — 31 August 2012 (Davis station is located on the Ingrid Christensen coast). Can you tell me where you national allegiances lie?
Can’t say they come into competition much, but if you are asking who I would support in a World Cup Final, aside from being ecstatic that both teams made it to the final, I suspect I would develop some form of short-term split personality disorder as a coping mechanism during the match.
What is the ‘must have’ item that you packed for Antarctica?
A beanie. My ears get cold.
[Doc: I sympathise entirely.]
If you could be someone else, who would it be?
I’m gonna say Richard Branson. I know it is shallow but I like the idea of waking up in the morning and deciding to buy a Formula 1 team, fly a balloon around the world, or undertake some other whacky world record attempt.
[Doc: Yes, I can see where you’re coming from there Adam. Don’t think of it as shallow — more like indulgently creative.]
What is in store when you return to home?
I am planning to take some time off this time around (though I said that last time). Beyond that I have absolutely no idea.
It has been great getting an inside view of Antarctic life from you again Adam. Of course it would be remiss of me not to congratulate you as part of the triumphant Davis 2015 Australian Antarctic darts championships team. Well done Adam and all of the boys from the magnificent victorious Davis team.