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Name: Timothy Foster

Timothy Foster
Timothy Foster

Station: McMurdo Station

Age: 43

Number of years in the program: 11

Number of seasons completed (summers/winters):  5 summers/8 winters (3 summers/3 winters in Fire House)

Current and previous jobs on the Ice: Firefighter, Fire Lieutenant, UT, Maintenance Specialist, (Current) Maintenance Foreman

Hometown: Florence, Colo. (currently reside in Onalaska, Texas)

Life before the Ice or what do you do between seasons: Have been U.S. Navy welder (HT2 (SW)); asbestos remover/supervisor; federal correctional officer; Colorado State correctional officer (super max); Texas Department of Criminal Justice correctional officer (death row unit); uranium mill solvent extraction operator; high school custodian; volunteer firefighter. I like to travel between contracts and flip houses.

Hobbies: Gold panning, ATVing, 4x4ing, playing games like “Killer Bunnies” and “Settlers of Catan”

Life motto or rule to live by: “Growing old is inevitable; growing up is optional.”

Name: Ella Derbyshire

Ella Derbyshire at South Pole 
Ella Derbyshire

Station: South Pole

Age: 58

Number of years in the program: 1

Number of seasons completed (summers/winters): One each at South Pole

Job/jobs on the ice: Physician

Hometown: Kotzebue, Alaska

Life before the Ice: Before coming to Pole, I was working as a staff physician for the Maniilaq Health Center in Kotzebue, Alaska.

Hobbies: My most time-consuming hobby is photography, and I specialize in digital panoramas. You can see examples of my work at Gigapan External Non-U.S. government site. I also enjoy black and white film photography and darkroom work. I travel whenever I can, and I prefer cold, remote destinations in the Arctic and in the Antarctic. I have been to both Poles. I also enjoy astronomy, boating, camping and reading. Whenever I can, I like to share my leisure activities with my children and grandchildren.

Why did you want to go to the Ice? Space travel is my lifelong dream. I came to the Ice so that I could live for a while under the starts in the coldest, darkest place on Earth, which is the South Pole in winter. Here it feels like I am living on the very edge of space.

Name: Anthony J. Andrade

Anthony Andrade
Anthony Andrade

Station: McMurdo

Age: 24

Number of years in the program: 1.5

Number of seasons completed (summers/winters): Two summers at Pole; one winter at Palmer

Job/jobs on the ice: Power Plant mechanic

Hometown: Born and raised in Castro Valley, Calif.

Life before the Ice: Worked for Caterpillar as a field service tech; school

Hobbies: Outdoor and snow sports — camping, mountain biking, snowboarding, wakeboarding

One interesting thing that most people don’t know about you: "I am a first generation American; my family descends from the Azores, Portugal, and then lived in Hawaii until they moved to California and had me." 


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