Hike up Observation Hill / by Shaun O'Boyle

I hiked up 750 ft tall Observation Hill this afternoon. The hill dominates the McMurdo Station landscape, and the view from the top is spectacular, with 12,448 foot Mt Erebus volcano to the north east and a 360 degree view of  Hut Point Peninsula. It's a hard hike because there is some snow, it's very steep, and in places loose volcanic rocks. It warmed up all the way to 7 degrees, but it was dead calm and sunny, so comfortable enough to hike.  Observation Hill was used to watch for parties returning from the far South during the early expeditions. 12,448 ft Mt Erebus, and below it to the right is Castle Rock, a well known landmark from the early exploration days, and also a place we can hike or ski to.

Panorama from Observation Hill

Cross erected by the crew of the Terra Nova expedition in 1912. The inscription reads: To Strive, To Seek, To Find and Not To Yield. And the names of the 5 lost on the return from the Pole, Scott, Wilson, Bowers, Oats and Evans.