I ran into my friend Keith a few weeks ago, who I hadn’t seen in a long while. The main reason for us losing contact was that he had spent most of 2008 living in almost complete isolation in a research centre at the South Pole. I spent a few hours talking to him about his experiences, and think its one of the most fascinating stories I’ve heard in a long time.

He kept a blog while there, which captures some of the weirdness and beauty of the place, as well as his incredible enthusiasm and sense of wonder at being, in effect, locked up in a tin can on ice in total darkness for a year.

You can read it here. My favorite bits: the 300 club, the tomato slices, and the giant puff balls!