Interview with Perri P. Barbour

Perri answers questions about life in Antarctica

Perri BarbourWhere do you live?

Denver, Colorado

What did you do before coming to the ice?

Commercial Construction Superintendent

What made you decide to come to Antarctica in the first place?

A life long dream

Where is the coldest place in Antarctica that you have been to?

Palmer Station

What is the most exciting (legal) thing that you have done here?

Medical Medevac

What is the most dangerous situation you have been in down here?

Broken ankle on Hermit Island

Does your heart get gloomy after days and days without sunlight?

Not generally- what do I have to get gloomy about- just look where I’m at!

How do you vote in a US Presidential Election while on the ice?

I don’t because I need a physical address.

How many seasons have you spent on the ice?

2 winters

What is your favorite part of the day here?

Clear nights and days

Many people are led to believe that you must survive months on end by eating only penguin meat; is this true?

All of my friends are amazed with the level of comfort we have. However, it is very real the level of isolation if there is an emergency.

What do you miss most about home?

My kids, camping, good Mexican food

If you’ve been to multiple USAP sites could you briefly describe what you like and don’t like about them?


What is your role on station?

Winter Station Manager, FEMC Coordinator, Station Administrator

Have you developed any interesting skills while on the ice?

I have increased and sharpened my levels of tolerance, compassion and forgiveness. The true definitions become apparent under stress.

If you could bring one famous person to Antarctica who would it be?

My daughter

Do you believe Antarctica is the safest place to be during zombie apocalypse? If so, why? Further, is the promise of survival one of your main reasons for working here?

The safest place to be for a Zombie attack, in the USA, is the confluence of Thunder River and the Colorado in the Grand Canyon- fresh water and food. The promise of seeing a part of the world few will ever see has drawn me to paths less traveled, if at all.

What’s next for you?

Winter Station Manager for the Nature Conservancy, Palmyra Atoll