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U. S. Antarctic Program

10/2009 - 02/2016

As lead mountaineer for the U.S. Antarctic Program, I was responsible for supervising a team of six mountaineers charged with the safety of U.S. National Science Foundation grantees and U.S. Antarctic Program employees while they work in the field.  I was the traverse mountaineer for more than 5000 miles of overland travel to the South Pole and beyond, and to the Pine Island Glacier, where I helped establish a research station.  I worked in the McMurdo Dry Valleys, the Transantarctic Range, and as a field safety mountaineer for volcanologists on Mt.Erebus, the  southernmost active volcano on earth.

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