Having left south Wales for the whales down south, few people can claim as much specialized experience in Antarctica than Conservation Carpenter Michael David Powell. Having worked “on the ice” since 1986, he has spent four winters (two as Rothera Base Commander), and numerous summers in the south, ranging in locale from the sub Antarctic Islands (Bird Island) to the Peninsula (Rothera Station, over 40 field camps, six Historic Sites and Monuments, and expedition ships), to the Ross Sea Heroic-Age Huts, and the South Pole. To him, the Antarctic is not a place to work, but a passion.
Since 2010 he has worked for the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust and brings invaluable knowledge and continuity to their team with his skills background and on-site familiarity. For example, he worked at Damoy Hut when it was an operational site and has since done periodic maintenance at the now-historic location. Similarly, at Port Lockroy, he visited the area before it was designated an HSM, and since working for the Trust, has helped conserve the site over multiple seasons. Michael has also been involved in major projects at Wordie House as well as Detaille, Horseshoe, and Stonington Islands. When not in Antarctica, Michael lives with his wife, Liesl Schernthanner, southern-sojourner, in a tiny cabin in the central Idaho Sawtooth Mountains, USA.