Old Siple was a nice place to go for some peace and quiet, except when the rivets were popping. Everyone knows how noisy and hectic it can be when you winter with 6 other people, it’s nice to have a place for solitude. Another refuge from the crowd was the Aurora Hut. It was nice to have a heated place to gaze at stars when it was 80 below with 20-40 knot winds.
Vikingdoc is right, as hard as we tried our winter at Siple, we couldn’t break the place… although I think it broke at least one member of our crew or quite possibly he could have been broken at the start.