For the next few days, we will take it easy as we are getting acclimated to the high altitude. The South Pole station is at a physiological elevation of around 10,000 feet! This means we just basically climbed a small mountain in just 3 hours, which does cause some effects on the body. The pressure in the atmosphere decreases exponentially with height and in turn the amount of oxygen in the air decreases too. This can make it hard for the body to obtain oxygen with just normal breathing so my heart rate has increased slightly and going up stairs is a bit of work-out. For the next few days, my body will get used to the reduced oxygen content and eventually I won't be bothered. For now though, I have to increase my fluid intake and try to not move around too much or lift heavy items.
Until next time (which depends on satellite coverage),