Silvertonian John Wright led road-building team in Antarctica

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Silvertonian John Wright led road-building team in Antarctica

Silvertonian John Wright led road-building team in Antarctica

John Wright, in his Silverton home says he doesn’t plan to return to Antarctica. “A winter in Silverton is about a summer in Antarctica,” he says.
Wright stands atop the bridge over Crevasse 3.4, “Mongo.” The void was first detected by radar, then opened by blasting, and subsequently filled with snow. The featureless plains in the background are full of such hidden crevasses.
The “Proof-of-Concept” fleet poses at the geographic South Pole, the thin rod with a brass cap at lower left, with South Pole station personnel.
The “Proof-of-Concept” fleet lies 13 miles out of South Pole, and headed in on Dec 22, 2005. Tiny dark dots on the horizon at the end of the crew’s prepared snow road are outlying buildings of South Pole station. A British Antarctic Survey twin otter ski-plane took this photo.
At 3:14 p.m. Jan 14, 2006, the pioneering fleet arrives back at McMurdo, proving an overland haul route supplying the South Pole was feasible. Silverton American Legion Post No. 14 flag flies proudly above the lead tractor.
A map showing the South Pole traverse route.
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