Hush! Their name's on a piece of Antarctica

SANDUSKY Husband and wife team Michael and Christine Hush have a story that isn't just cool -- it's frozen.
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010



Husband and wife team Michael and Christine Hush have a story that isn't just cool -- it's frozen.

A summit on the frozen continent of Antartica was recently named Mount Hush after the couple, who spent a combined 33 years in the U.S. Antarctic Program.

The ice-free mountain, 1,400 meters tall, is in the central-east portion of the Kuivinen Ridge in Saint Johns Range on the planet's southernmost continent.

Michael Hush, 42, a 1984 graduate of Sandusky High School, met his wife Christine through the Antarctic program.

"Growing up I had no idea that I would have gotten into this kind of business," Michael Hush said. He remembers in seventh grade when someone brought up the word "nomadic" and told Michael that's what he would be.

"He was kind of right."

Christine Hush, 40, was born in Portsmouth, Ohio, but grew up in San Diego, Calif. She said Antarctica always intrigued her, and once she was there she couldn't get enough.

"I love Antarctica," she said, explaining that she was only supposed to serve a couple of seasons in Antarctica but re-enlisted.

"It's somewhere that hardly anyone gets a chance to go to," she said.

The couple spent much of their time at McMurdo Station, on the Antarctic coast almost due south of New Zealand. Michael was an aircraft mechanic, Christine worked as the postmaster.

Michael said it can reach a balmy 40 degrees during the day during the Antarctic summer but in the winter it can get as cold as 80 degrees below zero.

How did they live, much less work, in such an extreme environment?

"Layers is the key word," Michael said. "It's kind of like having to be in a space suit... just to kneel down and work on something can be a challenge."

The frozen continent surrounding the South Pole will have months of continuous sunlight, but also months of total darkness.

"The ice is not for everybody," Michael said.

But given the chance to do it all over again, both said they'd chose to go to Antarctica.

Christine said if they won the lottery today, New Zealand would probably be their destination of choice, but only because you can't live in Antarctica forever.